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Skirt from Jeans

Added Sep 9, 2013

by Trudy McGrath

Somewhere, Ireland






I used to have loads of these back in the late 90s. I think I hit the new low on sewing though, I have absolutely no fabric for winter, simply can’t afford it it as it is ridiculously expensive in Ireland. Waiting on sales but slowly losing it. I have no interest really since it would cost me more to make a project (there’s always a risk of messing up and having to throw away your material) than to buy high street garments.
That’s just the way it is I suppose, still I have to postpone my Winter collection for a while :S

However I can always alter things, I had this vintage Calvin Klein acid wash/high waist jeans forever. I wore them over and over till I got so sick of them I cut them short…after wearing the hell out of them as shorts I got fed up and made a skirt :)

Real easy to alter jeans this way, just follow these easy steps in this tutorial:


You will need a pair of jeans which aren’t to fitted, they have to be a bit loose otherwise you won’t have enough fabric to work with. Should also be noted that the little triangle part at the bottom in the middle slit can also be filled/patched in with a piece of denim, leather or anything that you like (tartan/plaid print perhaps, they are huge this season)




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    Dec 19, 2013, 09.39 PMby JillStraw

    Your skirt is my favorite jeans to skirt conversion I’ve ever seen! It looks great on you! I’m inspired to actually make one of these now, after seeing your version. It looks like a skirt…not simply a converted pair of jeans – which is why I usually disregard this idea. Great job!!

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      Dec 19, 2013, 09.51 PMby JillStraw

      Also,I do the same as Mary very often. I’ll buy sheets, blankets, curtains – whatever has a great pattern and tons of useable yardage for a lot of projects I’m either just trying out or even for a meant to be worn garment. There are lots of ways around overpriced fabrics. I wonder … Is there an online fabric supplier in Ireland that has a swatch club? I get some great deals on fabrics that way. If you trust the buyers judgement it’s a great way to cut down fabric costs. Recently picked up some fabulous yardage of silks, velvets, merino wool knits and other high end, well made fabrics for no more than 9.99/yard US, most were $3-7US..(ok…the 4-ply silks were US$20/yd…but that’s way better than the US$90 they were being sold for!). All the yardage was offered to non-club members at prices I wouldn’t have touched otherwise. Boot sales and estate sales are also excellent suggestions. I hate to see you not sewing bc of fabric prices. You are too talented not to be creating!

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      Dec 21, 2013, 04.15 PMby Trudy McGrath

      Just saw your comments Jill, thank you for being awesome :*
      I didn’t make any projects in the last few months, i had no time, inspiration and my fabric store just closed down for good…I’ll do my best later on, thank you for the comments again and keep it up, you do lovely things!

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    Sep 17, 2013, 06.37 PMby Cristina Staicu

    So so cool project! Very good idea to reinvent your jeans! Xx

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      Sep 17, 2013, 07.14 PMby Trudy McGrath

      Thank you, I love that it just cannot be destroyed after so many years!! :)

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      Sep 17, 2013, 07.15 PMby Trudy McGrath

      I’m not a label conscious person but Calvin Klein back in the days had very very high quality, wish I could say the same now…

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      Sep 20, 2013, 03.00 PMby Cristina Staicu

      Totally agree! The quality is not the same anymore. I had my first pair of CK jeans about 15 years ago, I wore them for 10 years and the color didnt change too much.

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    Sep 9, 2013, 06.28 PMby Mary Athey

    I did this in the 90’s as well trudy and i love your version. Have you tried charity shops and car boot sales for fabric?? i can pick up cheap bedding curtains etc at car boot sales, it’s worth a try trudie. I know you feel about sewing. I nearly went mad when i could’nt sew because if my fractured finger x

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      Sep 9, 2013, 06.33 PMby Trudy McGrath

      Thank you, I love it. Never thought I’ll be wearing it to the point of no return LOl
      I buy beddings and curtains too :) but just recently bought something really cool, a tartan throw over and made a Vogue coat out of it…however, it looks like a throw over still :) you know those fleece ones, just can’t stop thinking how blankety it looks even though the pattern is so cool. Might post it on Burda anyway as a dressing gown…
      I’ll try the shop you have sent me a few days ago as well!

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      Sep 9, 2013, 06.53 PMby Mary Athey

      The coat sounds fab trudy and i’d love to see it. I bought tartan wool fabric last winter to make either a cape or a coat but my daughter said it looked like a picnic blanket and so its lying in a box unused?? If you check out the kimono i made my daughter trudy you’l see some of the fabric i get from another seller on ebay shazzney, she sells ends of rolls but the fabrics are in all the good shops like top shop zara jane norman miss seldridge etc. x

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      Sep 9, 2013, 07.13 PMby Trudy McGrath

      Wow, ok I’ll take a look, I love the kimono she looks lovely in that and I love her make-up too!!
      There’s something about tartan…it looks good on the runways, but it never worked for me ever :D
      I love it though but yes, the picnic blanket effect is a pain! :D

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