Thursday, August 11, 2011

Reconstructed Denim Skirt

Things you need: A pair of jeans that fit, sharp scissors, pins, heavy jeanstitch or topstitching thread, denim/jean needle, and of course a sewing machine.

First thing is to decide where you want to cut your pants off at. I decided I wanted mine cut off at the knee. I plan on adding a ruffle or something to the bottom.

Then split the inside seam of the leg.

Next, cut off the inside seam of the inner legs.

Split the back crotch up far enough so that when you lay the curve down it lays flat without any puckering.

Pin in place. It's best to stitch along the seam that's already there in a matching thread color.

If your pants have a deep crotch you may have to split some of the crotch seam in the front and lay it flat as well. Pin it in place and stitch like you did the back crotch seam.

Next take your leg pieces that you cut off and open one of the side seams.

Slide the leg under the open V where you split your leg seam on your garment. I turned my legs upside down since they were tapered. Pin it in place. (At this point if you do not want raw edges you can trace the shape on to your piece and add a seam allowance and then stitch your right sides together. Personally I like a little fraying so I just left it like this.)

Now take it to your machine and stitch along the edges of your fabric where it's pinned.

Once it's stitched you can trim off the excess fabric.

You can shape the bottom now. I wanted mine to come to a point in the middle and I also wanted it slightly longer in the back than the front. You could leave it just like this (though I would run a line of stitching about 1/2" away from the raw edge to keep it from fraying too far) or you can add a ruffle or something. I'm still trying to decide what I want along the edge of mine so I'll post a final pic when it's complete.

ETA: finished pic!

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