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Anna Top from Repurposed Jeans

Added Jan 2, 2011

by hacilar666

Kirkland, Washin...






This is my first ever attempt at a top of any kind. I choose to use the Anna Top pattern. I had the front panel with rouged bust attached and the back panel cut before I realized this was going to be way too small. I had forgotten to resize the pattern. So I added 6" strips as side panels. The strips were too square to fit with the bust line smoothly so I cut a wedge and a scoop to help the fit. The side panels I had left long with a plan to cut it back later, but I tried the top on and threw the strips over my shoulder. I decided I like the halter look and kept them long and just hand stitched them end to end. The facing kept pulling up so I added a button, that I think adds some whimsy. My breasts are very different sizes and I failed to account for this, so my right bust was a bit saggy. I took a deep dart at an angle and it fit much better. I matched the dart on the other side with a faux dart. I just took an 1/8th of inch to make it look like a dart without picking up any fabric. This project was a series of mistakes, but it ended up moderately wearable. I used the butt pockets as decoration on the front, which makes it clear where this fabric came from. I like the concept, but it does have the “loving hands” look.

Material Notes

torn/unwearable jeans, button




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Geek, Grunge
Coating, Corduroy, Cotton, Blends, Denim, Linen, Polyester, Shirting, Silk, Suiting, Velvet


Anna Top

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    Jan 3, 2011, 01.02 PMby joost52

    I must admit that I had to google what a ‘loving hands’ look is (learned another thing today), but I completely agree with roguemagnolia (who’s picture is very distracting by the way) – screw perfection, I think those upside down pockets look really great, and I’d choose originality over bland perfection anytime! Keep up the good work :)

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    Jan 3, 2011, 01.16 AMby roguemagnolia

    i honestly like when things have the “loving hands” look. the world is full of perfect garments churned out by the hundreds=boring!

    i like the structure of the top part a lot, it’s pretty cool.

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