Refashion | Upcycled Too Small Vintage Jeans into Shorts

I bought these DKNY jeans on Ebay because I wanted some higher waist, mom jean looking jeans lol. I failed to realize most vintage denim is smaller than sizes today. They ended up being too small and with almost no give to the denim. It's that thick real denim that barely stretches. The rise is nice though, it's high but not too high. 

So I thought I'd make them into shorts and by adding material on the sides, they should fit. While wearing them, I marked with chalk where I wanted to cut for length.

I opened them up on the sides. 

Inspo from All Things Denim: 19 DIY Inspirations For Denim Lovers

I didn't have golden colored corduroy but I did have a small remnant of black corduroy, just the right length. I really like the textural contrast but my corduroy doesn't stretch so this was not the thing to do...

I found a pair of black stretch jeans and cut panels from the legs. Totally stretchy and comfortable now.

I didn't serge the edges (too thick) I figured it would be okay. I just folded them back and sewed them in place.

They turned out pretty cool and with a much better fit. To further spruce them up I bought a pair of embroidered floral patches to sew on. 

I had added floral appliques to a top a while back and I liked the result a lot.

I pinned the applique on where I wanted it or so I thought I wanted it...

I didn't end up sewing it on just yet. I figure I can add them on after I've worn the shorts plainly a few times. Honestly there's a lot you can do with sort of setup/refashion. I've seen people do multiple stripes with ribbon or inserting floral fabrics. You can get really creative with it but most importantly they'll fit much much better.


Fresh Fig Spice Cake | RECIPE

It's fig season, least for my tree it is. They are ripening so fast and I'm scrambling to find more recipes to use them all.

Yeah they're okay on their own but I wanted muffins. I couldn't find my muffin tin though so here's a simple cake.

*this fresh fig spice cake recipe was adapted from this recipe.

  • 1 pound fresh figs (roughly 8 medium sized figs)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C). Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan (You could use a regular springform pan too though). Cut your figs into slices and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and poppy seeds; set aside.

3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, add the cream of tartar then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk mixture. Fold in the sliced figs. Pour into your prepared pan.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

5. Enjoy!

P.S. You can add lemon zest for extra aroma and/or substitute buttermilk with yogurt. The original recipe calls for walnuts so you can do that too. You can also puree the figs if you want them evenly distributed throughout the cake. For added sweetness give the cake an icing or dusting of powdered sugar.

New in thee Shop: Upcycled Denim and Vintage Embroidered Poncho Bags

 Upcycled Denim Vintage Embroidery Colorful Crossbody Bag Handmade Zippered Purse with Tassel

A lovely customer was kind enough to send me some interesting textiles to work with a little while ago. One of them was this vintage Guatemalan embroidered poncho. There were some light stains and holes throughout the bottom un-embroidered portion but the rest was fine.

I love the bright colors throughout and the material is thick just perfect for bags.

 Upcycled Denim Vintage Embroidery Colorful Tote Bag Handmade Purse with Tassel
I made two zippered crossbody bags first then two totes and lastly another zippered crossbody bag that used up the last pieces of the poncho as well as pieces of this vintage purple leather jacket and an embroidered mini pouch.

 Upcycled Denim Leather Colorful Vintage Embroidery Crossbody Bag Handmade Zippered Purse with Tassel

For these bags (minus one tote that got a matching leather tassel) I was able to finally make some denim tassels. Very glad I did because they matched so well and added a nice final detail. You make denim tassels too, it's pretty easy. Check out this tutorial by Pillar Box Blue

 RESERVED for Etsy Design Awards
This is my entry to the 2019 Etsy Design Awards so it's not available for purchase just yet but it can still be found in thee shop with the others.


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