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« on: March 24, 2009 05:04:32 AM »

For some reason, when my friends and family want to get rid of clothes they don't like anymore they usually end up in my closet.
It got to the point where I could no longer find any clothes I wanted to wear for all the clothes other people didn't. 
So I started to hack and sew my way through this nightmare by turning them into something more manageable.

This is my first set of projects from this madness.

The ugly hippie skirt.

It was too big to actually hang on a hanger, so it was laying across my old easel that has been out of commission for months, languishing under laundry.   When I wore this special skirt it made my hips look at least 6 sizes bigger than they actually were, plus it was a big burden to move around in and it had two huge rips (the reason my mom gave it to me).

I cut off the waistband and the fabric sprung forth and stretched on for what seemed like miles.  So without really having a plan I started cutting squares and circles and pinning them together. 
I came out with an ultra skimpy hankerchief skirt that was going to be doomed to lay in my closet for the rest of it's life.

Discouraged I went to bed thinking of ways I could a) lengthen it so that I would actually wear it and b) fasten it about my waist. 

When I awoke that morning I had the perfect plan!  I headed straight back to the closet and hacked the legs off of some tattered jeans and...

Something I would actually wear!

Here is a closeup of the hangy points (and some potting soil, and my puppy dog who is in dire need of some bathing)

But I wasn't done there, I got an idea while I was in Jo-Ann's a while back for some froufy pants. 
They really didn't turn out like I planned but that is partly due to the fact that I didn't use the right jeans...
I still like the result ok, not as much as the skirt, but still wearable.
I couldn't get a good picture because we were indoors and my fiance gives up if he can't get the lighting right the first time. 
So here is my best effort to take pictures of my legs myself...

Thank you for looking. Smiley
« Last Edit: March 24, 2009 05:09:28 AM by brookelynne » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2009 02:31:47 PM »

WAY cool!  Both turned out great but the skirt is my FAVE!!!
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2009 03:23:12 PM »

I like the skirt! Good job.
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2009 08:13:28 AM »

I've ended up with too-skimpy skirts too, and used a t-shirt to make it longer. I like the look of the jeans at the top, very creative!
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2009 06:20:37 PM »

I seriously love your skirt! I want to make something just like it, but I'm a total sewing novice. Any chance of a little more information about how you sewed it? Thanks!
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2009 07:23:05 AM »

Sorry I haven't checked this post since forever!  I didn't really have a plan to start since I just wanted to get that hideous skirt out of the way or wearable, lol. But I will do the best I can in explaining my process.

First I cut two large squares (The height of the fabric was my measurement) and I folded them in half for corner to corner to make a triangle.
Then I folded them in half corner to corner again and hacked off the top (which would be the middle of the fabric) to 1/4 of my hip measurement.
Pin those two pieces together with the points alternating and sew together.
Then I chopped a pair of jeans right above the crotch area and pinned and sewed the same way I did the skirt part.

Sorry again that I didn't get on and post this sooner! And that the description is way fuzzy. 
I found this tutorial online that gives a clearer description of handkerchief skirts and how to assemble.
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2009 08:14:37 AM »

That's really cute. I now regret passing up a cute but too poofy hippie skirt at the thrift store today.  Sad
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2009 09:06:48 PM »

I really like the skirt.  Good thinking!
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