Added Jan 25, 2012
by Julia Morley
In 2009 I made a new years resolution to stop wearing jeans with frayed bottoms, which meant forced disposal of all of those jeans. Of course, throwing away the rest of the perfectly good denim is hard to do, so I decided to use them in a recycled denim skirt that wasn’t the more common versions you see on the internet.
So, I chose a pattern from Burda Easy Fashion 2009 Spring/Summer issue. I cut out the pattern, cut out a few pieces, totally forgot about it, lost all the pattern pieces, and the jeans ended up in my scrap stash. Then came my 52 Weeks of Sewing new years resolution! I put a denim skirt on my list of 52 garments to make this year so that I could finish this skirt. I still had the magazine and the instructions, but not the pattern pieces so I had to redraw those.
The original skirt was intended to be made in lightweight flowing fabric, but I liked the idea of the bulkiness that would result from doing it in denim. And it worked! It’s fun to wear, bouncy and meets my requirement for all skirts – I can swing dance in it.
The black waist band is stretch cotton and it has a ribbon tie coming out of a drawstring casing, the denim came from five different pairs of jeans, and its got tulle on the inside of a blind hem. Since it’s a significant redraft of a Burda pattern which was never published in English, I think I’m allowed to post instructions on how to make it, so I’m working on that right now :-)
denim, tulle, ribbon, stretch cotton
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