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« on: May 22, 2013 01:16:20 PM »

Hi all! I haven't sewn much clothing in a while, but I wore a hole in the legs/crotchular area of my fave jeans (sad day). Since they fit really well in the waist, I was thinking of cutting them off and adding on some fabric to turn it into a skirt. I saw something like that done with an eyelet lace fabric and thought it was pretty cute. Does anyone have any ideas of how to do this or picture of ones to give me inspiration? I really just have the vaguest idea at this point...
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2013 09:43:43 AM »

I did this once long, long ago when I was in high school and dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

Open up the inseam along the inside of each leg. This may be tricky to do at the point where the crotch seam intersects the inseams, so take your time and pick the stitches out carefully.

You *might* be able to simply sew the left front inseam to the right front inseam, and the same for the back. But, chances are, that will make a skirt that's way to narrow.

Once the inseams are open, lay the skirt out flat. Measure around your legs how full you want the skirt to be at the hem, divide that number in half (call that A inches). Now lay the measure tape across the front of the skirt, aligning the side seams so that the side seams are A inches apart. There will be a gap in the front. Slip a piece of paper inside the skirt, under the gap, and trace the shape. That's your pattern piece for the fill in.

Be sure to add extra for seam allowances
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2013 07:07:35 PM »

I've done both ways with jeans before.  I have a skirt that is cut off just below the back pockets, and I bought a couple yards of fabric I liked, finished the hem and gathered it around the edge of the jean "waist".  I also cut apart 2 pairs of jeans and made a long jean skirt sort of how AlenaSelene was describing.
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2013 07:08:50 PM »

Oh, I didn't think about gathering the fabric and attaching! That sounds like a good idea too! I think I want to stay away from adding the v-shaped piece of fabric...
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2013 10:48:59 AM »

How did it come out? I'm in the same situation and I have been looking for ways to do a full fabric skirt that hits just below the knee. I have thought about pleats, gathering, etc - I just don't want that "V" there!
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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2013 12:13:40 PM »

I haven't gotten around to it yet, sadly. But I have made 3 quilt tops this week! Somehow the crafts for other people with a deadline seem to come before the crafts for me that don't have a deadline! Smiley I will update here when I am able to get around to it (but really would like to wear it this summer!)
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