I decided to take part in the FREEkin’ Misusu Sewing Challenge 2019. Misusu has besides some wonderful paid sewing patterns also a a great range of free sewing patterns. I used the Rowan Tee and the Max tee a while ago. The Olli shorts and pants were still unused so time the make both in this freekin’ challenge.

Misusu Ollie pants en Rowan Tee

Three FREEkin’ Misusu Sewing Challenge 2019 categories

This year the Misusu challenge has three categories to pick from:

  • Best Hack/Mashup
  • Best Upcycle
  • Best Bold
afgedankt streep T-shirt

I decided to go for the best upcycle. My discarded clothes stash is bigger than my fabric stash. I found a great looking Tank Top with a butterfly print that used to belong to youngest daughter. A striped T-shirt worn by husband, two donated never worn polo’s and one T-shirt from a rowing event. All clothes are blue or with shades of blue.

afgedankt T-shirt met vlinder print

Set one

This first set is for a boy and made in size 86. I made the Olli pants from the striped T-shirt and used alternately the right and wrong side to create a feature.

afgedankte roeievenement T-shirt

The sleeves and neckline of the Rowan Tee are finished with small black jersey bands and have a piping band look. The back has an application of an origami boat that is also from a free Misusu pattern.

Rowan Tee and Ollie pants

Set two

The second set is for a girl and made in size 80. I started with the Rowan Tee and sleeves and neckline are finished in the same way as the boys version but in this case the colour is white.

Misusu Rowan and Ollie

This Olli pants has three pattern pieces: front, back and gusset. The original version is lined but my make isn’t. I gave the pockets a ‘puffed’ look. The pocket pattern is cut into 8 parts and slightly spread out. Pockets and pants are finished with the last leftovers of the butterfly fabric.

Misusu upcycle uitdaging


Set one: Unpicking discard clothes 2 hours; Cutting pants and T-shirt 45 minutes; basting, stitching and finishing 8 hours
Set two: Unpicking discard clothes 2 hours; Cutting pants and T-shirt 45 minutes; basting, stitching and finishing 6 hours


Print and assembling costs : €3,75; All other materials came from donations or are leftovers

Misusu Rowan Tee

Both FREEkin’ Misusu Sewing Challenge 2019 sets

Both sets will be donated to the Stichting Babyspullen. I started making one more set because I had another great idea. This set will also be my entry in another challenge. You can next week what it will be.

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