Wednesday, August 26, 2009

100% LANA

I've started looking at pieces at the op-shop in a whole new light since starting Wardrobe Refashion. Now even if I wouldn't wear something as-is, if a garment is a natural fabric like wool or cotton or silk, I may still pick it up for the material. Like I said, I have a new appreciation for stash. Anyhow, the tag on this pair of pants from the Red Cross said 100% LANA, which I was guessing was Italian for wool (I've checked and it is).

I just got my mat and rotary cutter and took as big a rectangle out of the leg as I could, and sewed the front and back pieces together. To hide the seam and provide softness next to the neck, I lined the other side with some fabric left over from making a christening gown.

Then I marked out evenly spaced dots with a washable marker, so my stitching wouldn't be too... messy? Anyhow, I like the way it turned out. I just hope the intended recipient does too, a dear friend off on a working visa to London.

There is one leg left on the pants so I'm thinking of making a scarf for myself too. I think next time though I may mark lines but not regiment the stitch length and do smaller stitches, for a bit more of a random look.


btw, I started thinking scarves after I saw this and this on the lovely Pretty Ditty blog


  1. How clever you are. That's a great idea.

  2. Brilliant!!! And so pretty!! I posted a link to your project on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    (link will go live at 10:30 pm CST)

  3. I love it - thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh goodness – I LOVE it. Dodgily fashioned trousers/jackets/anythings will never be safe again!

  5. Thanks so much for the post! I did up a variation using discarded wool pants and a corduroy skirt with an irreparable tear. I posted the project on BurdaStyle with a link back to your blog.