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From: melsmom
Date: 07-26-2006, 03:58 PM (1 of 6)
Anyone have ideas or know of websites that embellished clothes. For example those ribbon jeans, ribbon shirts or making a pair of outgrown jeans into capris using threaded ribbon? I've seen lots of these items on ebay for prices much higher than I can afford and wanted to jazz up some clothes for my daughter for upcoming school year.

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From: MaryW
Date: 07-28-2006, 11:48 AM (2 of 6)
I have never seen this ribbon technique you are referring to. I would think the jeans are simply cut off and ribbon threaded thru the bottom casing.

I just received the fall issue of Ottobre for Kids. It has some awesome patterns in it for back to school. They have a distinct European flair but are very cute.
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From: Liz31
Date: 07-29-2006, 01:19 AM (3 of 6)
Theres a website called youcanmakethis dot com that specializes in selling these kind of instructions, however I am way too cheap *cough* thrify to buy the instructions. I usually just try to figure it out. KWIM? I know this forum is awesome. If you want to know how to make something it seems like there is always someone who knows how to make it.

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From: pucktricks
Date: 07-29-2006, 03:57 PM (4 of 6)
Could you maybe post a picture of what you're talking about so we can see an example? I think I know what you're talking about, but it helps me to see it visually.

As a side point, once you figure out how to make it, you could make some good money selling these.......

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From: pucktricks
Date: 07-29-2006, 04:11 PM (5 of 6)
Okay, just looked at the website that was posted, and I think I know a quick easy way to make it for your kids. All you need is some fray check and a pair of jeans. This is for the not fancy version, no sewing machine involved.

For the outgrown jeans into capris, you will need your sewing machine, if it's what I think you're talking about. Cut the jeans to the desired length, and then cut a length of ribbon about an inch longer than the circumfrence of the pant leg. I would put the ribbon up about an inch or so from your cut length, and then sew it on using either matching or invisible thread. I would then purposely fray the jeans up to the ribbon (gets you out of hemming the jeans, and I think it's cute)

For the threading, I would plan out where the "buttonholes" for threading will be before cutting anything to make sure they are evenly spread out. Then I would cut about an inch or so long cut in the jeans near the hem, or however high about the hem you want. Then apply fraycheck to the hole and you don't have to worry about it fraying and it looks nice. Then you can thread through whatever ribbon you want, and it'll look cute tied in a bow. For a shirt, I would actually plan on sewing button holes.

OH! :shock: I just remembered one of my first sewing projects. We sewed two button holes on a shirt about a 1/4" or 1/2" apart from each other, then we would thread a loop of fabric through it and it had a cute bow on it. I'll have to see if I can find a picture of me wearing that so you can get a better idea of what I'm talking about.

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From: my2girlies
Date: 07-31-2006, 12:02 PM (6 of 6)
I used to do this years ago for my long and lankys dd's. I did it a little differently.

I first sewed pregathered eyelette style lace to the right side of the original jeans hem (lace facing downwards). Then I folded a cuff up to the desired length - I generally did flood length vs. capri. I stitched the cuff into place with thread that matched the denim. Then I made either one or two rows of button holes through both layers. Sometimes I ran ribbon and sometimes I ran a "sash" of material through. Or sometimes I did both if I had done 2 rows of button holes. Sometimes I made a bow on the outside of each leg with the length of ribbon that was weaved and sometimes I Just sewed it in the way you would to put elastic in a casing. Hope this helps and makes some sense.
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