Are you ready for some fun? It’s the last Tuesday of the month which means it’s Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION time. I am always excited to share with you my latest refashion project. Today, I am taking this brand new pair of linen pants and turning them into a DIY linen smock.
Aren’t they beautiful? I am definitely a sucker for anything linen. So, of course, when I was passing by the rack of clothes at the thrift store, I totally did a rubber-necker when I saw them. I gasped, went back, and grabbed them in excitement. SCORE! Yes, I did a happy dance. Can you blame me?
About 5 years ago I had very little funds, but wanted to make something special for my little sister. I was given a bag of ladies clothes and found a pair of black linen pants that were brand new. I couldn’t believe my eyes because these were perfect for a smock I had in mind. Here is my efforts in finished form on myself 5 years ago.
My goal today is show you what I did with the aqua pair I found in simple terms because I am making this to fit myself. However, you can totally adapt this to suit yourself with minor adjustments.
Before I start tearing into these linen pants, I wanted to first go over what tools I’m using.
TOOLS & SUPPLIES :
- sewing machine
- serger (optional, but awesome to have)
- coordinating thread
- sewing scissors
- seam ripper
- measuring tape
- cutting mat/rotary cutter (optional, but so handy)
- clothing iron
- button (or other closure)
First, I want to mention that the pair I’m cutting is a size 10, which I could actually wear. However, the pair I used for my sister was a size 16. That difference effects the amount of fabric available.
I start by cutting the pants apart starting at the leg inside cuff, cut up the leg, the butt, and through the back seam. That opens up the one leg, and then I do the same to the other leg while also removing the serged seams. Also, I removed (and save!) the zipper and buttons for another purpose.
Then, I lay out one of my pieces on my cutting mat. Now, to understand a few things, I am making this to fit me. So, I am measuring straps, skirt, and halter to suit me. You would make measurements where you wanted pieces to fall on your body. For instance, I am making 19″ straps (½” seam allowance for all my cuts. Also, my apron has a 18″ fall (from halter to…?), so I cut 19″, again, allowing for seam allowance.
The bottom part of the leg will form my skirt (bonus it’s already hemmed). I cut both legs the same. Because the leg is slightly tapered, I use my rotary cutter to square up the sides. However, if you want a gathered edge, you can leave the taper for your benefit.
Next, I begin cutting the top part of the leg into two pieces.
My shoulder straps and my halter straps (I need two pieces sewn together to go around my bust) will come from this piece. This makes for four pieces cut. I did end up cutting the halter pieces as long as I could to allow me to adjust for a button closure during a fitting.
Using the linen setting on my iron, I press the edges in ½”. Then, I press the pieces in half.
I leave the one end of each of the halter pieces open. However, the end result should look like this on both ends of the straps.
I also press the edges of the skirt folding twice at ½” intervals for a clean edge. Remember, the cuff of the leg is already hemmed for the bottom of the skirt.
Last, it’s time to assemble. I begin by using my serger to serge the skirt of my DIY linen smock. These machines are the BOMB. It is amazing what you can do with them. If you’ve ever debated on purchasing one, I can say that I use mine all the time.
Here is my smock laid out and ready to be fit to suit me. Notice I have yet to sew down the edges. First, I sew down the ironed edges and then have my daughter help me do the fitting.
After a fitting I add my button using the button foot and settings on my sewing machine. Likewise, you can use a zig-zag stitch to do the same and then use your seam ripper to open it.
After an hour of cutting and assembling, my DIY linen smock from refashioned thrift store pants is done. woot! (say that five times fast…haha)
You can see that I pieced together a pocket on the one side. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE pockets. My smock is perfect for everyday fashion, gardening, painting, cooking…you get the idea. What would you make one for?
Notice the button is from the last refashion post where I use thrift store curtains to make a holiday wreath.
This simple gal loves comfortable clothing and simple living. My heart is in the country, and hopefully one day soon I can get back to it.
Are you inspired? I hope so because that’s what I’m all about. It’s fun to think outside the clothes and accessories to create something useful for ourselves and our family.
Also, do pin and share my DIY linen smock to get others interested in seeing their clothing and accessories in a different light.
Up next, I’ll be sharing what I did with this cart my friend, Mandy, pulled off the curb for me. See the after HERE.
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Rebecca - NC says
Adorable!!!! I’ve seen similar smocks, but non as cute as this. Perfect for your eventual move to the country. ?
Thanks so much. I just love how versatile they are for chores or cozy fashion.
I’ll never look at a pair of linen pants the same! I love this and the smock turned out so good!!
That’s the spirit, Doreen! 😀 You are so fun. Thanks!!
That color looks great on you! (And you look great in the country/barn settings; you’ll get back there, i know it.) What a useful piece to make out of great fabric. I’ve saved one of my fav linen pants, that has a stain on the front, to make into something, someday; may have to give this a try. And I’ve seen how you have “refashioned” stains and holes so may come up with something unique. Definitely pockets!!! Thanks for sharing your creative mind!
It’s one of my favorite colors. Thanks, Paula! You are definitely a kindred spirit. Save all the linen! 😀
Mary Loveland says
Have to agree, that color looks great on you! You know what would be helpful though is to lay down the pants and make arrows that say what that section will be. It helps a non-sewer envision “what is to be”. Great post.
Love me some aqua! I did lay the pants down and show the cuts plus also describe it in text, so not sure what else I could do because each one would be to suit a different person. Thanks tho! 😀
M. Constance Colvin says
Larissa you ROCK!!!
Aww…you just made my whole week! 😀 Thank you for the smile.
My favorite upcycles are clothes. I always feel sad when we get rid of a piece of clothing that has meant so much to us. This way we can keep the clothing but with a new use! Well done Larissa!
I totally get what you mean. Thanks for the love, Mary. 😀
Marie-Interior Frugalista says
Look at you, country girl at heart! The smock is so pretty and the color looks really good on you, Larissa. One day you’re going to be wearing this smock on your parcel of land, I have no doubt about that. xo
I’m pining away…one day! Thank you so much, Marie. I had such fun with this.
Sharon H says
Suits you perfectly and you did such a nice job . I can see this done in old, soft denim with a large, multi-pocket at the hem edge, running from side to side. Would be perfect for gardening and so easy to launder! Because I have an embroidery machine, I envision some delicate florals or vines across the top band or on the pocket. Personalization works too! Thank you for sharing.
Thanks! That sounds delightful. I have an embroidery machine as well as love to hand-embroider as well. Such therapy found in stitching.