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Topic: Goodbye beloved yet ill-fitting purple cords.....  (Read 2254 times)
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irismooninthecity
« on: April 04, 2008 12:36:57 PM »

....hello funky new skirt!

These pants no longer fit me; since I lost a few pounds, they're too baggy, and though I loved them, I never wore them anymore, so I decided to try my hand at recon....




And here's what they look like now.....

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Will add an action shot later today.

Haven't decided yet whether I want to shorten it or hem the bottom. I turned the corduroy the opposite way in the inserts, so it runs horizontally instead of vertically. If I leave the bottom hem unfinished, will this end up looking funny, because the fabric will fray differently?

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2008 08:36:56 PM »

Oooo, I love the diamond shape thing you created when sewing it, did you do that? 

Sorry I don't know about the fraying...  I saw try it and see how it is, if you don't like how it frays, sew a contrasting hem on or something.  Wink

Very cute skirt!
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2008 11:57:28 PM »

I also love the diamond, I don't know if that was already there or you did it, but it's awesome. I don't really know about the fraying, but I think it's a great idea, the contrasting direction sounds very cute (can't quite see it in those pics) Great job!
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2008 12:00:56 AM »

I too love the diamond.  That was a great idea.  Skirts from pants always have the point.  I'll definitely try that next time.  Thanks for the inspiration! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2008 04:09:51 AM »

I love that! I wish I had those cords, I would have turned them into a rad pair of purple skinny jeans. Those would have been HOT. 'Runs to the thrift store'
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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2008 08:46:36 PM »

Oh no, had to be a skirt....skinny jeans look horrible on me! Undecided

Thanks for the comments. I sewed the little diamond shapes in - seemed like the easiest way to deal with the overlap of fabric. It doesn't look super neat close-up, because I'm not great at sewing perfectly straight, controlled lines yet. But practice makes perfect, right?

Here's a close-up of the different direction of the insert:



I've worn the skirt, but still haven't decided what to do with the bottom. I think I'll shorten it a little, but not enough to cut out the insert, and leaved it unhemmed and see what happens with the fraying. I suspect I'll have to anchor the insert part at the bottom with a row or 2 of stitches to prevent it from turning into really long frays.
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