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« on: June 01, 2008 03:40:31 PM »

I had a pair of jeans I didn't wear much anymore, so I decided to turn them into a skirt. 

(Yes, I have to use a step stool to get a pic in the mirror!)

Here's the back:

and flat:

I was able to use a piece of the lower leg to fill in the gap in the front, so I didn't need any extra fabric.  I even used the side seam on that part and I like the way it looks extra "finished" on that short section. 

(To see a better picture of this, see my post on the embroidery part of the skirt http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=249293.0)

I don't generally do shorter than mid calf length skirts, so I agonized a bit over how much to cut, but I really like the length on this.  I also worried that the shape of the legs (originally cut to fit a large-thighed woman, and therefore not straight) would look a little wonky, but I don't think you can tell.  I don't really like how noticeable the hem stitching is - I guess my light blue thread wasn't the right choice, despite all intuitive thoughts to the contrary...

I'd really appreciate any suggestions (and comments!)  This was a fun project that took very little time once I stopped worrying about length and other details.

« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2008 04:35:46 PM »

I love turning pants into skirst. Great job! And the embroidery is a lovely touch.

My only suggestion would be to trim back the flap of material that comes from the inner leg next time. But that's just my personal preference. There's a great tut on how to do that here: http://www.savvyseams.com/clothing/jeanskirt.php

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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2008 05:13:36 PM »

Thanks, MzDaisy - that's a great tute!

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