My Closet

New Life for Some Old Jeans

Ann, the designer at Designer Stitch is always posting pictures of different clothing items to see if we like it or to show what she is working on. She gets us all excited about a pattern to test, only to have us sit and wait anxiously for the pattern to be ready or for another test to finish. That’s what happened with the Santi Skirt. I was hoping to sew it up in September I think, before our vacation and before the holiday rush. Well, that didn’t happen, haha! It ended up some time around Thanksgiving so I was squeezing it in between other projects! Luckily, I have two sewing/embroidery machines and a serger so I was able to set up one machine with the topstitching thread. What a time saver to be able to move to another machine rather than changing thread and needle every other step. I just love the look of topstitching and it’s fun to sew too.


Sorry about the spot on the picture! It was the only good one of the topstitching. I think it’s a palm tree leave that kept getting in the way of the camera.

My toile of Santi was made in corduroy which I really liked but it was faded in spots and I didn’t have enough of any others. Old jeans to the rescue! I’ve been saving old worn out jeans for decades with all kinds of projects in mind for them. They were perfect for this type of skirt with so many narrow pieces that could fit on a pant leg. I love the different colors of denim, even reversing the one for the pockets and belt for a little more contrast.


My earring are from Vernon Bea, made by my very talented sister Rebecca! She makes custom silver jewelry from her studio in Bay City Michigan, which is way too far from me!

The Driftwood Blouse from Twig + Tale was my choice of top. I really like the two pieces together and will be wearing it this way again.

Here are some details of Santi:

multi-sized pattern :
(AU/UK)     6 – 26
(US)             2 – 22
(EU)            34 – 54

Designed with 8 gore panels for shaping, front patch pockets,
and a self shaped belt the Santi makes a fabulous fashion statement.

It’s on sale for $8 for a limited time. No code needed.

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