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refashioning versus making new

Last night I spent an hour of precious sewing time trying to refashion a pair of vintage Escada trousers. I was taking a high waist pleated trouser (tapered legs) and making the legs much skinnier, more modern. But after getting most of the way through – including laying the pants on top of a BurdaStyle pattern I liked, I noticed there were four holes – actual holes – about an inch and a half in from the crotch seam. Now, I might be able to take them in that much but I’m beginning to wonder if this is worth it. I mean, I can make a pair of Tried-n-True Christine Jonson woven pants in two hours. From brand new doesn’t-have-holes Italian super 120s wool. I can probably make the BurdaStyle ones I was copying in about 3 hours. And no fussing – BurdaStyle fits me, and so do the Christine Jonson ones.

So that’s my lesson. I didn’t even buy these – they were sent from a friend who’s mom gave them to me (presumably they were in HER closet since the 1990s). Maybe it’s better to just make new!

By paradise

I'm Ann. I've been sewing since I was 9. My first project was a denim wrap skirt. Thrifting is a way of life for me - both eco-chic and financially savvy.

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