Added Nov 1, 2010
How about a hot mini skirt from your old pair of jeans?
I cut just below the zipper and back pockets of my old jeans, and lengthened it with a two-row square patchwork I made out of the remaining parts (legs). It was most difficult connecting the patchwork part to the top part because I don’t have a dressmaker form, so I had to wear the top part while I pinned the patchwork. (I stung myself, ouch) But I think it was worth the effort. It fits perfectly (photo 3, see, my butt volume is built into it, haha) and I love it!
I was afraid it might look a little bit too hand-crafty but the patchwork detail is very subtle and it doesn’t bother me at all. I cut out the seam of the legs on the sides in long strips (width about 5 cm) before cutting up squares so that they can be used for the hem line. This saved a lot of time! I came up with patchworking because I realized it looked very odd if I were to just sew the leg part to lengthen the skirt. You know, jeans wear out and leaves distinctive wash out details. The difference in color turns out to be even nice here, and it also strengthens the fabric. A magic of patchworking!
I’m thinking of adding lining to the patchwork part (photo 6); I know, it’s messy as always. But squares are easy to work with and if you make sure to press every time you sew, even a beginner sewer like me can make a wearable skirt!
The brown top is also a small remake project of mine, a hand-me-down from my dad; well, to be more precise, I got it from mom who saved it from being thrown away :-)
If you’re interested, it’s blogged here with a little (not much of it, really) how-to.
old pair of jeans
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