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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

You might be a Redneck...

Don't get me wrong, I'm a country girl (a proud fact) and will always be a country girl at heart.  I was raised on a chicken farm with at least 3 old rusty tractors (in various stages of repair, I might add) parked in the front lawn, a makeshift rope swing on our biggest mango tree, and about 8 hunting dogs who never saw the inside of a vet's office.  Did I mention my brother's nickname is Bubba? 

Needless to say, it was one of the happiest places of my life.  As I've gotten older, and supposedly wiser (snort), I've decided that the deep rooted redneck philosophy of  being comfortable in your own skin with what you got, ain't so bad after all.  Now won't find me deep frying catfish in a makeshift BBQ pit in the middle of a rainstorm (thank you Swamp People!) but I understand why.

I found this little ditty at the St. Anthony School Bazaar for a whopping 2 BUCKS!

 GAP denim everyone!!!  For $2 bucks.  I little bit country and a little bit rock 'n roll.  Originally a men's size Large, a few alterations were needed to make it redneck chic.

  There are many tutorials out there that teach you how to hem your jeans with keeping the original hem and I used a few concepts from those tutorials.  First I trimmed about 3 inches of denim off of each arm, and then trimmed the cuff.  

 I then placed the cuff right side to the existing arm and stitched as close to the cuff seam as possible.  Repeat to other arm with remaining cuff.
Next, I trimmed about 8 inches from the bottom.  Again, I trimmed the original hem off, leaving about a 5/8" seam allowance.
Using the same method for the arms, placed the original hem right side together with the jacket and stitched as close to the original hem as possible.  You might want to change to a thicker gauge, or denim needle, to be polite to your machine.  After trying it on, I found the fit to be a bit squarish and decided to add 2 front bust darts to make it less "Bubba" and more "me."
 And there you go, a fun mini jean jacket that can be paired with just about anything, any color, for any occasion.  God I love being a redneck!
Works exceptionally well paired with my extensive collection of maxi dresses.
My two piggly wigglies, hamming it up for the camera.

Go ahead, jump in some mud puddles.  I won't tell.