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« on: February 03, 2011 05:11:10 PM »

I have posted on here in forever! I have to catch up!
I'm starting with this one, because I just finished it last night and am so super stoked about it.

OK, so... I recently became a big girl and got a real professional job in a real office full of fancy people (lol). I had to get a bunch of business casual clothes as well as some more formal stuff like a suit. One thing I could not find, that I really wanted, was a sexy black pencil skirt! So... I found this tutorial online:

http://www.threadbanger.com/post/1033/how-to-turn-old-jeans-into-a-stylin-new-skirt

and was like, "heyyyyy that would work!" I have had this old pair of black pants in my scrap fabric for over a year because the bottom got ripped, and I had holes in the inner thighs where, um, you know.. they rub together. I'm not skinny. Hush. So I followed the tute and it actually worked really well! I didn't take a "before" picture, but it was just a basic pair of black pants that zip and button in front. Basically, I cut off the legs at the knees, ripped out the inseams, and sewed them together (cutting out some in the middle where the holes were and making it line up neatly). You have to pin like crazy during this step because otherwise you can get puckering where there's too much fabric in the middle to lay down straight. But I managed, and even got that cute little slit in the back! Then hemmed up the bottom to make it just a tiny bit shorter (and, you know, not fraying) and ta-daa Cheesy Here are a couple of pics--sorry I don't have a better camera, just my cell phone =/

Woah, I look like one o'them office ladies in a sitcom!


RAWR


THE SLIT LOOKS SO PERFECT, I AM SO PROUD OF ME (lol)


I can't wait until it gets a little warmer and I can wear this to work!
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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2011 05:30:38 PM »

You did an excellent job and it looks great on you. Go luck at the office!
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2011 06:26:00 PM »

Awesome idea! I've been saving my old pants that have fallen into "chub-rub" disrepair... I just can't bring myself to throw them away, besides some upper thigh holes they're FINE!!

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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2011 06:56:35 PM »

Thanks, you guys! I'm super-pleased that it came out well, especially since it was my first try!

Lieblings--I KNOW RIGHT? It worked out that the part that needed to be trimmed off for it to lay flat happened to completely contain the holes. chub-rub, haha, I must remember that next time I have to mention it xD
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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2011 09:47:25 PM »

Good job!  I've been meaning to try this with a pair of my old pants.  Tried it once with a pair of jeans.  I don't recommend this; there are not enough pins in the world.

I have worn holes in the upper thighs of every single pair of jeans I have ever owned.  There's a tute over at the blog Adventures in Dressmaking that involves fusible interfacing and machine darning, and I swear to you it has changed my life.  It works better if you do it before they develop actual holes, though.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2011 05:39:34 AM »

Woah... I can haz link?  Shocked
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2011 07:17:37 AM »

Woah... I can haz link?  Shocked
http://www.adventuresindressmaking.com/2009/12/essential-blue-jean-mending-method.html
The blog is pretty awesome. Smiley
Great job on the skirt!
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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2011 12:44:11 PM »

Thanks, Eliea! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2011 01:15:53 PM »

Awesome! Thanks for the link Eliea! I'm going to try that on my next pair!
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