Upcycled Essential Denim Dress Pattern Review

Do you ever virtually shop on Pinterest? For some time I have contemplated making a block denim dress, in particular the pattern Essential Denim Dress from Sewdifferent. I have finally done it!! The dress I have made is made six old pairs of jeans!!

Essential Dress Pattern Review

The pattern covers sizes 8-22, a great range. It prints off clearly, this pattern prints all sizes (some more recent PDF patterns you can choose to print only the size you want).

The sewing instructions clearly show you how to piece together the various pieces.

Described as an adventurous beginner I agree, the dress is straightforward to out together, no zip in sight! The pattern does make some assumptions regarding your knowledge of sewing with no suggestions how to finish your seams or how to apply bias binding to finish the neckline.

So how did I get on?? The back pattern piece is wide and long, which I was unable to achieve in one piece from a pair of jeans. Therefore I created blocks for the back, in keeping with the front design.

The seams for the dress I top stitched, the seams from the original jeans I left therefore differentiating the two types of seams apart.

When it came to hemming the neck and sleeves with bias binding I did a quick google search and followed these instructions from Sew It Over.

I overlocked the hem before turning up and machine stitching in place.


Essential Denim Dress Pattern Review

The layout of different jeans with their different weights, stretch and colour I am delighted with. Handy as I had only just enough denim to make the dress!!

Essential Denim Dress Review

Overall I am delighted with the Essential Denim Dress pattern and the end result. Its great to have a pattern where you can piece together various recycled fabrics. Any gaps in sewing knowledge can be easily found on line.

Having loved the pattern for too long an upcycling competition being held by the Sewing Directory and Korbond has provided the impetus to make it. You still have time to enter, the deadline is tomorrow!!

The necklace is made from an old t -shirt, find a tutorial to make your own here. I encourage you to go and make whatever it is you have been coveting on Pinterest for far too long!!


  1. Elizabeth Eales
    May 16, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    Love the dress Hun.
    Can’t believe you were cutting the pattern out last night and have a finished dress today!!

  2. Jenny
    May 16, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    I love denim and your dress is awesome!

    • Vicky
      May 18, 2017 / 7:24 am

      Thanks Jenny

  3. Patricia
    May 16, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    So cute, will try it.

    • Vicky
      May 18, 2017 / 7:24 am

      Great – enjoy your sewing.

    • Vicky
      May 18, 2017 / 7:25 am

      Thanks Pam – can’t quite believe it took me so many years to make it!

  4. May 17, 2017 / 7:08 am

    I love this, especially that you’ve upcycled jeans! I have a few I’ve been saving for something, maybe this! Beautiful work!

    • Vicky
      May 18, 2017 / 7:23 am

      You can never have too many jeans in your stash!!

    • Vicky
      May 18, 2017 / 7:22 am

      Pure luck really Sonja re the colours due to the denim I had in my stash! but I am really pleased with how it panned out:)

  5. May 18, 2017 / 12:07 am

    This is great- so stylish and so supportive of the environment- I enjoy your posts. Thanks

    • Vicky
      May 18, 2017 / 7:22 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words Lorraine:)

  6. August 24, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    Perfect! Me gusta mucho el resultado!

  7. August 24, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    Hi Vicky, This is a fab article using my Essential Denim Dress pattern. I have put it onto FB and Inst. and linked to your site. If you would like any more of my patterns to use for blog posts please just email me as I’d be happy to send them out free in exchange for using your pics and of course linking back to your own site. Best regards, Laura

    • Vicky
      August 24, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing Laura, plus your kind offer of a pattern;) I will have a look!

  8. Philippa
    October 26, 2017 / 10:56 am

    Wow, that is brilliant! Very inspiring…I will now start my diet necessary fit into a dress like that…..bonus lots of big jeans to use!!;)

    • Vicky
      October 26, 2017 / 11:14 am

      So glad you feel inspired:) big jeans are ideal for working with:) you could make one with a sheet as a toile try it on and alter the pattern accordingly – I am about to make one for a friend and add an inch to the width. Enjoy your sewing, vicky

  9. Jennifer
    November 26, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    Love it. Got to make me a dress like this. WOW!

  10. Marina
    June 20, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    I love your dress & am curious how many pairs of denims you used? My machine wouldn’t be up to denim unfortunately but i love looking at other people’s projects 😀

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