Sunday, March 24, 2013

#30: Black Coveralls

Hello and welcome to my 30th transformation post! Last time I shared with you a denim coveralls jumpsuit I transformed into a strapless Summer dress. Today I have another jumpsuit for ya, but this time it's black denim with short sleeves, and much less dirty :) I got it at my favorite thrift store for a buck.

Before: Black Denim Jumpsuit

Before: From Behind

It was actually well-made and almost like new, but it was missing some buttons in the middle.

Oh where, oh where have my buttons gone?

 The stiff material and the shoulder pads reminded me of Janet Jackson in her Rhythm Nation days,

and had me doing my best Janet Jackson impression.

"We are a part of the rhythm nation"


Then I started busting out some of my best Rhythm Nation moves :)

It's time to get funky!

Whew! With that out of my system, now it's time to get down to business...

I really liked the structure of the top, so I left it mostly unchanged. But the pants just weren't working for me. So first, I took a seam ripper and removed the seams all the way down the center of both legs.

First one leg...

...and then the other.

Next, I flipped the piece inside out, laid it on its side, and pinned a line going down from the waist.

Laying on its side, pinned down the front and back

Then I sewed down that line, cut off the excess, and fake-serged the new seams so they wouldn't fray.

Sewing away the extra material.

(This is the same method I used with the denim jumpsuit in my previous post, but I didn't have the pictures.) 

Next, I cut about 15 inches off of the bottom.

Length be gone!

Then I folded, pinned, and sewed a new bottom hem.

Folded hem

Sewing a new bottom hem

I also took in the sides between the waist and the underarm only a tiny bit.

Finally, I had to fix that gap in the front, so I relocated the top collar button to the gaping area and sewed on another button where one was missing.

Sewing on the buttons

Sewing a new button hole

That was it! This wasn't a hard transformation at all, and making it was a nice break from my first week at my new job.

So here's a reminder of what it looked like before:

Before: Black Denim Jumpsuit

And here's how it looks now:

After: Black Denim Dress

After: From behind

Amazing what a few changes can do! And I can still get my groove on :)

Whoop whoop!

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did. And speaking of grooving, I'm teaching my African Groove dance class at the Pasadena Dance Festival on Saturday, April 27th at 3:15pm as part of a wide variety of classes and performances happening that week. For more info and the schedule, check out the website here. And if you'd like to purchase tickets, please support me by using the code "teachernettles2013" (without the quotation marks). I'd really appreciate it!

Have a lovely week everyone!

Until next time, blessings.

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