Outfit: Sculpture garden at dusk

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Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Style Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

There are oh so many things you can do with denim, so I finally decided to make a top from all the leftovers I had!

My goal was to make something reversible, something that you could wear both ways, something without back, or front… I also knew that I definitely wanted to incorporate crochet into this refashion.

I used two different pairs of jeans, cut off the pant legs, traced one of the tops that I had to get the size right, and added the embellishments:


The crochet piece is made of a really thick cotton hemp like yarn. I followed a simple pattern, used a 3.5 mm hook, and after a couple hours and a couple blisters, I think it adds to the piece and makes it very unique!

I sewed the two sides together, finished the edges off with some vintage bias tape (thank you freecycle) and was ready to go! You can notice that in the picture above the zipper is positioned differently that in the pictures below! That’s because I decided to flip it upside down for a better fit and a vest-like effect that can be achieved with this top!

After I finished the top, I went to the Sculpture Garden, one of my favorite spots in the whole world! Hence, perfect for this photo shoot! So with my Samsung Galaxy in hand, I mean in Sam’s hand – that’s what it looks like …

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I am wearing:

Skirt – Refashioned Vintage // Boots – Steve Madden // Sunnies – Lucky the Weekender // Bangles – H&M // Bag – Vintage Coach // Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Have a great weekend!



PS. I honestly think the photos turned out great, even though it was dusk – one of the hardest times of the day to photograph in my opinion!

We are also moving next week! Wish me luck!

Linking up wit Ruby Girl – Fashion and Faith


  1. This top is adorable and so creative! Makes me want to do a DIY project! πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Zhenya,

    This is so cute ! I am really impressed with the crochet work too. Have you signed up for my giveaway my new refashion friend? Don’t want you to miss out.
    Here is the link:

  3. You are so creative!! Such a great top, I love the crochet detail and the skirt you paired with it!

  4. That’s beautiful, and I agree, fab photos.

  5. zibergirl says:

    What a fantastic refashion! I love your style and post. Thanks for sharing your denim entry, good luck with all the moving.

  6. cute! and i agree, gorgeous photos for dusk!

  7. Loved the refashion, I would have voted for it!!

  8. Wow, great job hun! I love it!

  9. You will be missed! Great job on the refashion and congrats on the house!

    aka The Hungry Octopus

  10. I love it better with the crocheted part worn in front! Awsome refashion and inspiration!

  11. Such a beautiful top! You are so talented! I really liek it paired with that printed skirt too πŸ™‚

    Away From Blue

  12. I LOVE this! And please email me your mailing address at k_scraper@hotmail.com . . . your Refashion Runway prize package is waiting! πŸ™‚

  13. What a brilliant idea, I love the concept of the reversible top!
    Have a great weekend πŸ˜€

  14. Love that you crocheted that middle piece yourself!! That’s amazing and the top looks so good on you. Sorry you couldn’t join us all this week, but all the best for the move!

  15. That’s very clever! I like the fact the you can wear it both ways, and well done on the crochet detail! That gives me an idea what to do with those old jeans.. πŸ™‚

  16. What a cool idea! I really love this. The only thing that I would do different is adding lining to the crochet piece.

  17. That came out amazing, I love how it looks with the zipped down the back! I also totally love these photos, I have the Galaxy S2 but it might just be time to upgrade! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you πŸ™‚ I am so so excited I have the Samsung Galaxy camera, makes blogging so much easier πŸ™‚

  18. I love the crochet detail!! Such a pretty combo.

  19. I think you did a great job with this Zhenya – personally I prefer it with the zip at the front. Great pictures too, especially the last one.

  20. Congratulations on the house! Moving stinks, but when it’s your own house you’re moving to, it’s all worth it! So sorry to see you go. πŸ™ Love love love your denim refashion. The crochet detail is beautiful and I love that it’s reversible!

  21. Patti says:

    Wow!I love this top. Very creative and versatile. You’ve set my mind spinning…

  22. Oh Zhenya! This is absolutely freaking phenomenal! Gorgeous & reversible? You really designed a fabulous garment! Wonderful! & the upside down zipper is a fantastically quirky detail =O)

    • Thank you πŸ™‚ How have you been?

      • Busy, busy, busy! I have a hugely exciting project in the works that involves hipster style, my book & Spain…all will be revealed in the near future ;O)

        Congrats on your new house! I can’t wait to see all of your thrifty home decor projects!

  23. This looks awesome! So sad to see you go but I’m loving this refashion, you did an amazing job! Congrats on buying a house!


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