Upcycle: From denim shirt to playsuit

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Denim, we all own at least one pair of jeans and it never goes out of fashion. I had a denim shirt laying around but I didn’t wear it that often because of the shape. It was quite saggy, just wasn’t the right model for me. So I decided to change it into something I would actually wear, a playsuit. Unfortunately I did not take a “before” picture (this is from some months ago, I promise I’ll take a “before” picture of the next upcycle project) so I can only describe for you what it looked like. It had long sleeves which I made short, rolled up and stitched them. The bottom of the shirt was above the knee (but on the sides too short to wear it as a dress). I cut the bottom part off and turned it into shorts. Then made a tunnel for the elastic so I could create a waistband. Sewed the shorts back on, and voila, my new upcycled playsuit was done!

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Here you can see the waistband detail. This shirt was just perfect to upcycle, because the buttons opened all the way until the waist so I did not have to change anything in order to be able to put it on once it was a playsuit.

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These last two pictures were taken in Barcelona last September, while on holiday with my boyfriend (showing him around since I lived there for nearly 3 years, before we met). Although the weather was amazing, there was quite a cold breeze so I styled my upcycled denim playsuit with a nice warm cardigan from a Dutch brand called “Costes” and of course I wore my Adidas superstar all white sneakers that just go with almost any outfit.

Nathalie Goedegebuure

Owner & Designer of Souz Atelier. Born and raised in the Netherlands. Studied graphic design and fashion design at the art academy.

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