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« on: June 06, 2009 09:22:37 AM »

I have a knee length tie dyed skirt from a 70's themed party that I only wore once. It's made of cotton, and it's almost a circle skirt, but when you open it up and lay it down, it's not quite flat. I want to make shorts out of it, and I want to keep the current waistband intact if possible. I tried to just pin the front and back together at the crotch, sew down in two lines and cut between them, but this was really bunchy and ugly. Any ideas on how I could do this more neatly? thank you for your help!
« Last Edit: June 06, 2009 09:23:19 AM by lizzyemmcreith » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2009 01:05:57 PM »

This is a tough one. I assume you want to keep the waistband because it fits well. I would take the waistband completely off the skirt, carefully so it stays intact. Find a good fitting pants pattern and cut it out using the skirt fabric. This will probably require some careful placement of the pattern pieces.

Measure the waist of the finished shorts and adjust the circumference to fit the original waistband. Then, replace the waistband.
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2009 08:06:57 PM »

Cut up the center from the hem to a few inches below the waist, front and back.  With the back side folded in half, right sides together, sew into a J shape, or a half "U" with the hook part at the crotch.  Do the same with the front folded in half, right sides together.  Cut each leg (side) to the width you want.  Be generous.  Inside out, with right sides together, sew from the bottom of one "leg"  clear to the other.

Because skirts are cut differently than short, it won't hang quiet the same.

Need a pattern?  Lay a pair of cotton shorts or boxers over them while you draw the curved lines.  Leave a generous seam allowance.

Taking some of the extra width from the outside of the leg will help it lay more naturally than taking it all from the inside.
« Last Edit: June 08, 2009 08:08:41 PM by ravenwitch » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2009 02:50:36 PM »

Thank you! You both were very helpful! I'm going to get started right now...

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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2009 04:54:12 AM »

Could I apply this to making a pair of hotpants out of a shortish skirt?

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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2009 10:15:54 AM »

Little Miss Celia actually had great results with making dresses into playsuits:


« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2009 04:24:19 AM »

i am also trying sonething like that.
this all discussion gonna help me very much.
thank you

« Last Edit: October 28, 2009 12:11:45 PM by rackycoo » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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