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How to Sew a Refashioned Top From Trousers

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How to Sew a Refashioned Top From Trousers


I had a beautiful pair of cotton trousers which shrunk even though I had followed the laundry instructions to a tee (or maybe I grew a few centimeters!)

Initially I wanted to upcycle them into shorts, or perhaps even refashion them into a bag. But I had a wedding dinner coming up and I thought, "Why not make them into a top?" It took me a while but I ended up combining it with an old pair of black office trousers.

refashioning trousers


#1 Make Shorts
Well, this was the easy part! I cut my trousers to become a pair of mid-thigh length shorts. I carefully hemmed them. This tutorial is tells you how to do it.

refashion trousers

#2 Cut Trouser Leg into Panels
I cut open each trouser leg at the seams and then sewed them together so that I got one long rectangle. I also opened up the seams of a pair of black trousers but this time I cut the panels in two and sewed them to the print panel (see images below). I now had two panels each with a wide black trim.

refashion trousers

refashion trousers

#3 Combine Panels
This is the part where I used my mannequin. I took one of the panels and made it into a tube, then I draped the other panel over the tube and sewed it down in the middle except for a small loop through which I would tie it around the neck with the belt of the black trousers. You could replace it with a thick choker, black sash or even necklace.


refashion trousers

refashion trousers

Here is a graphic with all the instructions summarised!

refashion trousers


Here I am wearing it



Here I am with my friends at the wedding.... the only picture of us... and it was in the ladies washroom! Well, it was the Fullerton Hotel.



You might like this tutorial!

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33 comments

  1. I love what you do to upcycle things. I never would have thought of this. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. You are very talented! I that you re-use. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Aw thanks, Mary, so sweet of you to say.

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  3. This is just one of the cutest tops I've ever seen. You could sell this at any store. I love that you upcycled this! You make me want to learn to sew!

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    1. Thank you for the compliments! :-) Hope you start your own sewing journey.

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  4. So fun! Love reading your blog and seeing how you repurpose clothing! Especially something like a pair of pants with a great print like these! I hope you had fun at the wedding! Thanks for sharing this post! :)

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    1. Yes, we had fun. I was very teary eyed too as the couple had been together for a long time and had put up their story on a video montage.

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  5. I love this! The silhouette looks great on you by the way. You are so talented Agy!

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  6. wow! Great Job! You are very crafty! I would have never thought to make a top out of my trousers. Thank you for the inspiration :)

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  7. This is so cute! I really like the blue pattern on this.

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  8. What an awesome and unique piece. I just LOVE how you upcycle thing. You're so creative!

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  9. Awesome work! I'd love you to come over and join my weekly link up!

    http://www.sydneyfashionhunter.com/2015/08/the-wednesday-pants-48-citrus-crush.html

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    1. Oh I missed it. I'll join this week. Thank you :-)

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  10. Holy cow, you are incredibly talented! My idea of upcycling is writing my shopping list on a used envelope!

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  11. Wow, what a cool idea. I would have never thought of upcycling, in fact I've never heard of it until now!

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  12. Your creations blow my mind!!!
    I would never say they have been refashioned. I adore it.
    Thanks for sharing it.

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  13. I love your transformations. This one is great because it's so doable with any pair of trousers.

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    1. Thank you, Stella! Yes, that's so true with the trousers part.

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  14. Such a stylish top! You really don't let anything go to waste, do you? :)

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  15. You certainly think outside the square, Agy. A very creative refashion.

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  16. Very cool top, love how you did this. It looks so original!

    Do you have bloglovin?! Let's follow each other?

    xx Falasha
    Bite My Fashion ll Instagram ll Bloglovin'

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  17. Wow, you are very talented! I wish I could get the hang of sewing...my grandmother tried to teach me but i just didn't have the patience for it.

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  18. You are so amazingly creative! That top looks so nice. I'll have to show this to my daughter, she likes to re-use and re-do clothes we are no longer using.

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  19. Very nice, looking forward to seeing more from you in the future!

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  20. This is fantastic Agy! <3 I recently upsized some printed pants too! But I love your matching top too! <3

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    1. Oooh, going over to take a look!

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  21. This is an amazing transformation! How clever, too:-) Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

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  22. Agy, this is gorgeous and looks just amazing on you! I love the way it looks with a cardigan over it, too. I'm a little confused how you put it together, how the two tubes fit together, but I'm sure I could figure something out if I were to try it. Pinning! :) Lisa

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. The drapey part is connected at the top of the tube with 2 lines of stitching. A bit difficult to explain. I think I should have done a video!

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