Friday, May 22, 2020

Upcycled Palazzo Pants - Michelle Paganini


 
Hi, I am Michelle Paganini and I love to upcycle clothing.

I've been craving comfortable wide-legged pull on pants. 

Really wide, along the lines of palazzo pants/ bloomers wide.

The fall 2014 Magnolia Pearl collection featured a pair of super oversized upcycled patch-worked jeans.

They have been on my mind since I first saw them and they were my inspiration.

I started with a modified Tina Given pattern, the Jaqueline pants.
 
I laid out the paper pattern (front and back are exactly the same) and layered bits of denim from old jeans.  The layering overlaps by at minimum 1/2" and often much more than that. As much as possible color and texture are mixed up, with pockets and circles added in at times.
I've collected different colored cast jeans off for just this reason.  I prefer 100% cotton for the beautiful fraying but sometimes work with blends as well.
 

 There are a variety of different stitches holding the pieces together, some fancy, some just random back and forth. In all cases the seams are a least double sewn to reduce the chance of breaking down over time as most of the edges were left raw and will ravel.  The top 5"  use a lighter shirt weight denim, reducing the bulk around the waist.

I've been sewing for over 40 years and had to laugh when I discovered I had made 3 left sides and 1 right side. Darn!

The pant seams were sewn together with a simple straight stitch, pressed to one side, and top-stitched down making mock felled seams.  Elastic in a casing makes them pull on. 
Are they comfortable? Yes! Paired with a top that is fitted across the shoulders&bust and flared over the waist&hips I think it makes an adorable combination. 

The t-shirt was modified to "fit and flare" using Paganoonoo "Ellie" upcycle sewing instructions.  The refashion makes plenty of room for hips, bellies and bottoms.

The Paganoonoo collection of upcycle / refashion sewing instructions contains very flattering and comfortable designs for all body types. For more information about fit visit www.paganoonoo.com, the "Getting Started" tab.
 
The Paganoonoo Boro-Style Jean Jacket has a similar vibe to the pants and contains artistic design tips on combining various colors of denim.

See additional blog posts on this jacket here.

Happy Upcycling!  Michelle

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Damask Tablecloth Bloomers/ Palazzo Pants

 
Vintage linens!  I find them irresistible. A beautiful red/pink damask tablecloth inspired me to make a pair of Bloomers/ Palazzo Pants.  With holes I got it for the bargain price of $2.

 I carefully folded and laid out the tablecloth to take advantage of the selvedges and frayed edges. I used a modified Tina Givens Jaqueline pattern.
 
I then worked on patches for the holes. A vintage quilt top (poorly sewn together) provided some of the patches.


I hand stitched the patches in place, quilting the quilt top pieces as I went.  The Easter chicks added a bit of fun.

The last patch was from a small embroidered napkin(?) 

Loose fitting and quite comfortable, the waist is finished with a t-shirt drawstring in a casing. 

The other parts of the outfit include the rayon top, earrings, bracelet, shoes - all purchased from other artists and a thrifted necklace. 





Happy upcycling!

P.S.  Learn how to refashion clothing with my Paganoonoo upcycle sewing instructions - shop here.  We set you up for success!

Michelle

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Homemade Surgical Masks - free Paganoonoo pattern and info on what materials to use

Pattern updated 03Apr2020
Covid19 is contributing to a shortage of medical supplies. 

As a very LAST RESORT for proper PPE (personal protective equipment) the CDC recommends healthcare providers use homemade masks.  

For the general public, recommendations are shifting to wear a mask if you are in public. 

When proper masks are not available, homemade is better than nothing. Masks are needed for many types of people: folks working public facing jobs, those who want to protect others from themselves in case they are a carrier, those who work with high risk populations, veterinarians, dentists, and other healthcare professionals.

This blog post is to provide you with information on how to choose materials and provide a free pattern.

MATERIALS:
I did a bit of research and found a study about the effectiveness of various fibers in screening particles.  The study looked at 2 factors:

1: Breathability
2: Particle Screening Effectiveness

They said both were key.  Vacuum cleaner bags are as effective as surgical masks, but are not breathable, so they are out.  Cutting to the bottom line they recommended:

1: Tightly woven cotton - think high thread count sheets, not quilting fabric
2: Tight knits

Here is a video where I explain in a bit more detail on how to pick a fabric:  

An overview article with links to the original study is here.

And about ELASTIC - there has been a shortage, and medical workers have been complaining about elastic hurting their ears.

A terrific alternative is ties made with t-shirt string.  This "string" is made by cutting ribbons across the body of a t-shirt and pulling it tight.  The ribbon curls in on itself and makes a mostly non-stretchy string.  It holds a bow very well.

I've made a video showing how to make t-shirt string: 


I've drafted a pattern based on the information provided above.  It has 3 sizes, Adult - which covers an N95 mask, pre-teen, and child. 

Get your FREE PATTERN.

And here are the pages, sized to print on 8.5" by 11" paper:





Stay safe. Thank you for helping,


Michelle Paganini

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Refashion Runway week 6: contestant Michelle Paganini

Hello, I am Michelle Paganini.  You may already know me from my business, Paganoonoo, or appearances on the syndicated PBS TV show

Lucky me! I juried into Refashion Runway hosted by Beth Huntington a.k.a. "The Renegade Seamstress. It is an online 6 week challenge to refashion with the emphasis for each week selected in advance, much like Project Runway. There is winner each week, based on votes (like yours) 50%, and 50% judges choice.  You can vote for your favorites once a day, every day, Sat - Friday.

This weeks challenge is "Kentucky Derby Hat"
I found the perfect hat at my favorite thrift store, the Happy Dragon.  The beaded heart coasters also came from there.  I knew I needed some height so used a photo holder that holds my business cards at sewing festivals. It is adorned with my earrings.
   
I hand stitched on each heart.

The finished hat...

 The flower was borrowed from a vase in the house.  The rhinestone pins cover a gap between the heart and flower.
Paired with a red dress, crystals and a rhinestone pin I am ready to go!  The dress is upcycled.
This was a fun challenge
P.S.  Find out more about Michelle and shop Paganoonoo upcycle sewing tutorials at www.paganoonoo.com 

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Refashion Runway Week 4: Small To Large, Contestant Michelle Paganini

Hello, I am Michelle Paganini.  You may already know me from my business, Paganoonoo, or appearances on the syndicated PBS TV show

Lucky me! I juried into Refashion Runway hosted by Beth Huntington a.k.a. "The Renegade Seamstress. It is an online 6 week challenge to refashion with the emphasis for each week selected in advance, much like Project Runway. There is winner each week, based on votes (like yours) 50%, and 50% judges choice.  You can vote for your favorites once a day, every day, Sat - Friday.

This weeks challenge is "Small to Large"
So many possibilities!  I settled on vintage linen pieces combined to make a larger piece - a Haori-style jacket.

The two main base pieces were a linen tablecloth with fading embroidery and a large strip of a cutter quilt (too damaged in parts to be useable as a whole quilt.)
As I sorted through all the small pieces I found those that made the best color combinations, and trimmed the to size.
  Sometimes I needed to square the pieces.  The flannel english bulldog is from a pair of Nick and Nora PJs.
  One front side is lined linen and the other is quilted.  

The sleeves are from embroidered runners and bits of an old pillowcase.
The back is a mix of both linen tablecloth and quilted pieces,.  The banded collar is quilted.
It It was a pleasure to combine all of the smaller pieces into a larger garment!

   












The whole garment makes me smile. What role will it play in my wardrobe? Probably multiple: #1 super cool bed jacket, #2 playful lunch out with girlfriends, #3 sewing workshop wear... the possibilities are endless. Probably will not work for date night, as my hubby would be likely say, "This makes my teeth itch!".
To me, this one is a winner!

  




Vote for me here. 
What's coming in the next weeks? If I stay in the contest then...  5) Southwest, and 6) Kentucky Derby Hats.

Previous weeks:
We started three weeks ago.  
In challenge #1, "statement sleeves", I tied for 3rd!  See full details on my sleeve refashion entry on this blog post, and all the contestant entries here.
In challenge #2, "1970's", I was inspired by one of my favorite 1970's sewing patterns!  See full details on my blog post, and all the contestant entries here.
In challenge #3, "Faux Fur" I modified a jacket to a vest. See full details on my Blog post, and all contestant entries here.


P.S.  Find out more about Michelle and shop Paganoonoo upcycle sewing tutorials at www.paganoonoo.com 


P.P.S. Mishap!!! I had never even heard of such a thing being possible. My beautiful oversized red spool of thread was, I thought, innocently sitting behind my machine waiting to be used. Oh NO!
When I clipped it and left it hanging over the top of the machine, it migrated over to the turn wheel and got wound up.

Apparently it was feeding onto the turn wheel for hours and hours and eventually displaced the turn wheel cover which dropped off the machine and finally caught my attention.


Unbelievable. Time to order more red thread. Lol.