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January Refashion Month with Trish from Feeling Kinda Thrifty

All the way from Hawaii, I have the pleasure to introduce Trish, from Feeling Kinda Thrifty. I met her when we both competed together at Refashion Runway, and I confess: I was terrified when I saw the first challenge refashion from her. I knew she was one to fear! And she did not dissapoint me, her refashions were always astonishing... This is an honour to have her sharing another blown away refashion. 

Aloha and Happy New Year!  I met Magda as a participant in Refashion Runway Season Two, and I was blown away by her talent.  When she asked me to participate in January Refashion Month, I was thrilled. I have become quite obsessed passionate about refashioning.

Today, I have for you a funky refashion that I've grown to really love.  It's a bit out there for even me.  I've had these pair of jeans for several years.  If I remember correctly, I purchased them at Goodwill for around $7.

As you can see, there's really nothing wrong with them, except for the fact that they're a bit outdated.  I've noticed that dark skinny jeans are really in, so I wanted to give this pair a new life.  I began by dying them with Rit navy and black.

Once the dying process was complete, turned the jeans inside out.  Using a pair of skinny jeans as a pattern, I traced the area that I would need to sew with tailor's chalk.

Using the lines as a guide, I sewed a straight stitch.

I cut away the excess with a pair of pinking sheers - to keep the fabric from fraying.

Voila! Dark skinny jeans!  I already have a pair of dark skinny jeans, so I decided to make these a bit more trendy.  I love all of the tribal prints that are out this year, so I drew some of my own using a bleach pen that I found on sale for $3.99.

Basically, I free handed my design.  I found it a bit challenging to make straight lines, as the pen kept bubbling up. 

In the end, I think it turned out great, especially paired with my $2 Goodwill top.  I absolutely love my funky new tribal jeans.


  1. Hola Magda y feliz año nuevo!!

    Me encanta esta transformación. Donde podría conseguir yo ese rotulador de lejía. Es una pasada!!!

    Muchos besos

    1. Hola María, feliz anõ para ti tb,
      la verdad es que este refashion lo hizo Trish y tanpoco sé donde comprar el rotulador. Lo he visto en alguns blogs pero no hago ni idea.
      Un abrazo!

  2. I love these! How do you rinse off the bleach without it spreading to the rest of the jeans?

    1. Hi Jamie. Thanks for your comment. You've brought to my attention that I should have included more information about how I used the bleach pen. I let the bleach sit for about 15 minutes. If you let it sit for too long, it could burn through the fabric. 10-15 minutes should be enough, but it really depends on your fabric. Anyway... The bleach begins to harden. In the bathtub, I squirted liquid soap up and down the jeans and then rinsed them while rubbing the soap all over. I had to kind of scrub the bleach a little to get it to come off. Once the bleach and soap were rinsed thoroughly, I hung them up to dry. Hope this is helpful.

  3. That is so stinkin' cute. Good job sister!!!

  4. SUPER CUTE! I love how these came out.

    1. Thank you, Michelle. I also enjoyed reading your fleece tutorial. Very clear and useful!

  5. You're rockin it!

    1. Thank you, friend. Bring some stuff over when you come, and we can design it.

  6. I LOVE these and they look so great on you!!

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Susan.

  7. Replies
    1. So sweet. Thank you, Olga. They were really fun to make.

  8. These are stellar, Trish! I love the tribal design! You make these look fabulous! :)

    1. Thanks, Desarae! They were really fun to make. I am looking forward to making some more.

  9. Omg drool! These are fabulous!! Absolutely fabulous!!!


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