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« on: April 04, 2008 01:39:11 PM »

Oh my daughter looooved these jeans. But the knees were gone, there was a hole in the crotch (wth?) and were too small.

So I've given them a new life...will post action shots when she's home from school.  Grin

Ok, since a few of you are interested I've made up a quickie tutorial for you.

Step 1 - cut the jeans @ 1” below zipper, or just above where the crotch meets legs so the front is still nice and flat. Otherwise you have to cut the vertical seam, tuck and sew one side underneath to make it nice and flat.

Oh....perhaps you should take them off your child first.

Step 2 through the rest of them:

Cut 2 pieces of skirt fabric (front and back). Make them at least 4-8” wider than the jeans. You can make them wider still if you want the skirt nice and full.

Sew the sides together, turn under the top and bottom edges, and topstitch.

Gather the top edge so that it is the same width as the jeans you just cut.

Now slide the gathered edge of the skirt fabric underneath the raw edge of the jeans (or inside the jeans) so that the raw edge covers the gathering stitches. I do it like this so the seam isn’t so bulky and adds some shabby chic to the skirt. The jeans will fray nicely at the edge after you wash and dry it.

Pin and topstitch about 1 inch from the raw edge really well. You may want to zig zag, or use some fancy embroidery type stitch on your machine to prevent the jeans from fraying through the seam.

Prepare the bottom tier the same way as the skirt without the gathers. Layer the bottom tier under the hem of the skirt the same way and top stitch.

Et Voila! You’ve saved another pair of jeans - aren’t you just so crafty!

Oh! For jeans that are too small at the waist but have that wide elastic sewn into the back of the waistband: Sometimes all it takes for them to fit again is to stitch rip about 2" into each side of the elastic and let the fabric out. Half of the time I don't even bother topstitching again as it usually just stays together just fine.
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2008 02:05:09 PM »

Cute!  THis may be a dumb question, but how exactly do you attach the skirt part?  Ive tried doing it on the edge of shirts to make dresses, and it always looks wrong and I can't get it to work.
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2008 02:38:58 PM »

Very cute! I may just have to do this with my daughter's pants when she outgrows them too!

« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2008 03:39:40 PM »

Very nice! I hope she loves the skirt as much!
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2008 10:41:53 PM »

Nice recon!! I've been wondering about the best way to do this....would love it if you'd share some tips/tricks.

The skirt looks great!


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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2008 08:05:10 AM »

This is a great save and adorable too.  I agree with everyone, tips, tricks, tute?
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2008 09:51:36 PM »

Thanks for your nice comments! She loves the skirt and it actually looks nice  Cheesy I've added a tutorial since you all are so interested Wink
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« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2008 03:50:11 AM »

This is a great idea! My daughter always seems to outgrow jeans in length way before the waist is too small, so this could be a good solution.

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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2008 12:00:28 PM »

What a great idea, so simple, but so effective!  I'm sure she loves it!!! I will bookmark this for future use, thank you!! Cheesy
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