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  • A Trousers Refashion Fairy Tale

    Posted on 09/07/2014 by David in My Handmade Closet.

    Once upon a time, there was a grumpy boy who fell out of love with his very first pair of handmade trousers. Its fall from grace was steep and swift: yesterday the cream of the closet, today forced into servitude to fulfil night-time duties as a pair of pyjamas. The grumpy boy took a selfie dressed in those unflattering culprits and looked even more grumpy and miserable than usual.


    The blue jersey trousers were so plain, hanging loose off his waist and the hook and bar were only holding by a thread.


    He thought to himself “What a drab-looking piece of s***, if I only I had my very own Fairy Godmother!”

    Suddenly a strange metallic creature appeared in front of him and uttered the magic words: “My child, my name is Bernina 850, I’m your Fairy Godsewer.”

    For his readers’ sake and sight, the grumpy boy eventually relented casting himself as the Fairy Godmother to avoid looking like a cross between a peroxide blonde senorita and recent Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst.


    -“I need a serious trousers makeover Fairy Godsewer. Can you work a little miracle for me please?

    – “Have faith in your own skills, my child”

    Grumpy boy, rolling his eyes, “Gee, where’s the magic?”

    -“You’re the magic, my child. Your troubles will soon be gone if you sit your lazy ass down in that chair and get on with it.” And with a wave of her magic clutch, two intriguing black silhouettes appeared in front of him.


    -“What are they for?”

    -“They are your very own little friends. They’ll make your trousers fancy if you use them wisely. Be practical and remember, use your own imagination! Good luck, my child!” And with that last piece of advice, the voice of the fairy Godsewer disappeared and the sewing machine switched itself on.

    Grumpy boy got rid of the hook and bar and replaced them with a practical blue button and buttonhole. The waistband, which had lost some of its shape, was given a quick makeover with some belt loops.


    He then shortened his trousers and unified the look with brand new hems made from black linen fabric…


    To his delight, the black silhouettes were appliqués that just needed a medium setting of iron heat to stick onto the trousers fabric…


    Et voilà! The drab trousers were given a new lease of life as a cool and comfy pair of summer shorts.


    Grumpy boy was now a very Happy boy jumping with joy…


    Moral of the story? Refashioning a garment can be as much fun as making a new one. Don’t expect a miracle, use your imagination and make it happen!

15 Responses so far.

  1. Karen says:

    A big improvement! You’ve inspired me to get a few things out of the wardrobe and give them a make over!

  2. puu says:

    *sigh* i just love a happy ending. and i LOVE to refashion my old makes!

  3. Rachel says:

    Nice twist on Cinderella…those shorts lookmuch better now!

    • David says:

      Haha, a slightly cruder version but I’ve restrained myself on this occasion reminding myself it’s all about the refashion!

  4. Wil says:

    The appliqués are wonderful! Your fairy God Father must have given you super-powers. You sure can jump high!

    • David says:

      Thanks Wil, that was the only pic when I jumped which wasn’t too much out of focus; yeah, that looks pretty high to me too 🙂

  5. Delgado says:

    Garçon grincheux n’est plus grincheux, connaissant David pas si sûr lol. On peut faire du NEUF avec du VIEUX, tu viens de le prouver, tous mes compliments le bermuda te va à ravir et te donne des ailes pour aller encore plus HAUT !

  6. SunGold says:

    By all that’s holy fairy tale! Those are the most amazing summer shorts I’ve ever seen!!! I love the appliques – they’re distinctive without being kitsch.

    Wonderful refashion. I may deliberately make some really shoddy garments so I can utilize my incredible creative refashion skills. 😉

    (FYI, not gonna happen.)

    • David says:

      Haha, the best excuse I’ve heard to deliberately botch a garment…go on, make it happen and have fun 🙂

  7. Jafar Salman says:

    Nice summer shorts and lovely appliques.

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