Trouser Refashion Swap: Blouse by Mad Mim

I was thrilled to have Miriam of Mad Mim be assigned to refashion for me in the Trouser Refashion Swap. She and I actually met in high school, at Girls’ State political camp (yeah, wha? I don’t know what I was doing there…) Back then we took a photo wearing almost matching long red dresses to one of the events. Our similar sense of style has continued into adulthood, and when we became reacquainted through blogging about two years ago, I was fascinated by how much we have in common! I got to hang out with Mim when I was in Utah over the summer, and I can’t wait to spend a whole weekend with her as one of my roommates at the upcoming Sewing Summit in Salt Lake in a couple weeks. She is one of the nicest most creative people I know, and I am so happy we’re friends!

Mim is an awesome seamstress with really incredible technique, and a great sense of style. I didn’t doubt that she would make me something awesome, and she sure delivered! I am floored by the coolness of this blouse she created from some old slacks. It’s got great lines (look at the back!), a nice, easy fit, and such fun details! I love the pop of mustard yellow that she added to the sleeve and the neckline. The fabric is really nice and soft, so the whole shirt is super comfy.

The asymmetrical hem is a great line, and makes the blouse much easier to wear with my normal blue denim (that all seem to have the same gaping waistband in the back.) Oh, and I’m starting a new bracelet trend. It’s called: keep finding hair elastics around the house and stacking them onto your wrist. Much more practical than real bracelets…

How cool is this neckline? Cute closed, cute opened. I showed Dave and he was blown away by the creativity. Isn’t it awesome!? I love the raglan sleeves. The cut is just so great. And the cuffs? Perfect.

Clearly, I am impressed with Mim’s handiwork. (I’m two-for-two. I loved the top Jen made for me in the Button Up Refashion Swap, too!) I can’t wait to click through to see how everyone else looks in their swaps, especially Suzannah in the riding pants I made her. Here’s the list of participants again, in case you forgot!

Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking

Miriam of MadMim

Miranda of One Little Minute

Melissa of I Still Love You

Liz of Cotton & Curls

Krista of Lazy Saturdays

Kelli of True Bias

Kate of See Kate Sew

Jennifer of Grainline Studio

Carrie of This Mama Makes Stuff 


  1. Lizzy
    Posted October 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Love to read you blog, now I’m also reading the blogs of the other participants, just I don’t know how to follow your blog with no need to type thew name of it everytime 🙂

    • Miranda
      Posted October 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lizzy! I’m happy you want to follow along! If you click over on the RSS button on the right sidebar (between facebook and pinterest) you can choose to follow with a reader, or by email! Let me know if you have any trouble doing that!


  2. Posted October 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    WOW! That really is amazing! I never would have thought to refashion pants into a top like that, and it looks sooo well done! All the details are great and you are really rocking the look!

    • Miranda
      Posted October 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

      Great idea, right? I love the fly neckline. Mim’s super duper awesome, and this round I was lucky to benefit!

  3. Posted October 3, 2012 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    You look so great—I’m seriously love the look and how it turned out on you! You rock it!

  4. Posted October 3, 2012 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Who would have thought you could turn trousers into such a cool top. I love the yellow details too. Your trouser refashion for Suzanah are also great. Contratulations

    • Miranda
      Posted October 3, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Permalink


  5. Lizzy
    Posted October 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Hi Miranda! I just did what you told me , now I can follow your blog! 🙂

  6. Dawn t.b.
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    That is a-M-A-Z-i-n-g! Who would have ever thought? It’s a great look for you, looks so cool, especially with the pop of color accent. Crazy clever.

  7. Norma G.
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    What an awesome idea! Looks so gorgeous!

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