Saturday, January 20, 2018

Creating New Clothes From Thrift Store Finds

Happy New Year Everyone! Trust you are sew fine today!

It's been a few weeks since I posted and today I'm bringing a DIY sewing project for those of you who enjoy creating new things from old things! And for those of you who are not crafty, I hope you enjoy seeing what others can create from thrift store finds.

There are no step-by-step photos of this project but I will explain how it all came together.

Last October I made a denim vest for my trip to South Carolina to visit my mom and sister. Check out the SC post here. As PEI is still without a regular fabric store now for over a year, I decided to go to the Value Village thrift store and purchase two pairs of jeans to use in creating my new vest. See the end of this post for another project created from one of the pockets!

The vest pattern is from the "No Time to Sew" book and pattern collection by Sandra Betzina that I purchased quite a number of years ago. Last spring I made another vest with this same pattern to wear with a thrift store t-shirt I transformed with lace (see post here) . My first vest made from this pattern is of a black corduroy and I still wear it occasionally.

I redesigned a bit of the pattern this time -  cut away from the arm holes and around the neckline, and added a bit to the front two panels. A lining wasn't needed. I cut the jeans apart after deciding how and where the pattern pieces would fit. I carefully removed the pockets and set them aside to re-use. Then I proceeded to cut out the vest pattern pieces and stitched them together.

Here is the completed vest - modeled by Dolly - that is adorned with some taupe lace and buttons from my own collection.

A close-up of the side with one of the salvaged jean pockets which was resewn on the vest front. It came with this cute zipper detailing.
Here's the back of the vest.
And a view of the other side with the second pocket that I adorned with my tea cup buttons.
A close-up of the front.
And another view of the front.
One pair of jeans had different shaped pockets and I used one of them to make this sweet little purse for my six-year-old granddaughter, Olivia, last November. Alas...I forgot to take photos of it before packaging it up for shipping! Too late - the package was already sealed with postage applied.  I asked my daughter, Melody, to take a photo of it for me and here it is below:
The purse is made from a lightweight denim fabric from my stash. It has a blue Toile lining with zipper closure and the pocket (re-purposed from the thrift store jeans) is adorned with lace and buttons. My Tintenfleck Studio label is stitched on the inside. It's a really cute purse, don't you think?

Here I am wearing the vest in Greenville, South Carolina last October. And if you haven't read the post about my black floral backpack/shoulder bag, check it out here.
Until next time.....

"She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple." Proverbs 31:22


  1. Fabulous, my friend, simply fabulous :) The lace is beautiful and oh, how cute are the pockets! Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs to you!

  2. Hello! I just love how you repurposed the fabric to make this beautiful vest! The lace and the tea cup buttons are the perfect accents. You look very beautiful, and the vest suits your outfit perfectly.
    The little purse you made for your grand-daughter is very lovely to! I'm sure she adores it.

    1. Thanks so much for your comments, Jennifer! :-)

  3. hat a joy to stumble across your blog. The vest was inspirational, the vintage lace attached and buttons are a delight.

    1. Glad you found my blog and enjoyed the post! :-) please come again!

  4. Good morning, Linda! Thank you for the lovely visit to my blog yesterday. Your comment was a joy to read. You asked about David Hicken's piano song "The Bell Carol." You can find the sheet music here:

    Hugs to you!

    1. Thanks, Stephanie for the link to the music! :-)

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