Added Oct 1, 2010
When I saw the beautiful plum color of this jacket I knew that it would make a stunning skirt. Plus, once I realized that it was made out of 100% wool I was even more convinced.
To make this skirt I first unpicked all of the seams of the jacket and ironed all of the seam allowances flat. The back of the jacket became the front of the skirt by adding some front darts. I then sewed the two front panels of the jacket together to make the back of the skirt while utilizing the former bust darts as my back skirt darts. Next, the lapels of the jacket were attached to the waistband of the skirt to create a flattering high-waisted look. On the back of the skirt I created a panel along the bottom section and then ironed in pleats instead of a slit. This also covered up the former pockets of the jacket. Lastly, I put in a lining and ironed all seams and points flat for a well tailored look.
I used almost every bit of fabric from the former blazer and added just a bit of lining fabric to complete the skirt.
You can see a bit more on my blog www.presserfoot.com.
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