After the Christmas and New Year festivities were well out of the way, the only thing on my mind was the idea of a frugal meetup! So it was either going to be a trip to my local charity shop or a raid through my fabric stash. After I went to my local charity shop, I picked up a used denim jacket on sale for £3. I was drawn to its pocket and pleat detail, but above all, it was the colour that sealed the deal - pink! The pockets on the jacket seemed small enough to add a good amount of detail for when I transformed it into a clutch. Below are a few tips for you if you do decide to attempt this project…
Ensure that the fabrics you choose are close enough
in weight. I opted for a medium weight wax fabric which
was interfaced with a medium woven interfacing to ensure
that the weight of the denim fabric doesn’t overpower
Spend some time unpicking any areas of the garment
that could potentially pose a bulk problem
during the sewing process. Those few centimetres of
fabric could release extra fabric and help flatten
out your fabric during the cutting stage.
Speaking of fabric bulk, I would recommend the use of
an appropriate sewing needle that can tackle the layers
of fabric you’re dealing with. Any needle that
can match the thickness of the fabric you’re using is
advisable.Typically, 90/14 or 100\16 needles would be
ideal for denim or layers of very tightly woven fabrics.
If you do decide to add cut out details to your
clutch, remember to label the pattern pieces after
cutting them apart. You'll also find it useful to include a seam allowance to any new design lines. I used my magnetic seam allowance guides to add my 0.5” seam allowance.
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