Thursday, April 07, 2011

Making a Cute Skirt from a Pair of Jeans

“Super Mom to the Rescue!! 

So, my daughter's school is having "Decades Week” in which they pick a decade to dress up like.  So for the last 2 weeks she's been conjuring up what she'd wear today that represented the 80's, just by using what she already has. Cute li'l mini-skirt with leggings underneath, half-sweater and side ponytail with a big scruncie. And the school waits til the day before, to announce they can only wear mini skirts with leggings if it's as long as their fingertips with their hands down at their sides. Well that was the beginning of a dramatic evening with my 12, soon-to-be-13- year old daughter, as that was her only miniskirt.  Nothing I suggested was pacifying her. 

So what's a mom to do??  Grabbed a pair of her jeans that were in the “too short/too small” pile and made a cute jean skirt out of them!  (finished photos below)

I didn’t think at the time to take pictures of HOW I was doing it.  I’m not a seamstress and have never really made anything w/out a pattern and quite honestly didn’t think this was going to turn out!  LOL.   But this was pretty simple, so if you’re the type that can make something from written instructions, then here ya go!

  • First, I cut off both legs across at the knees
  • Cut the upper legs off at the crotch, making sure your cut is at least 1” below back pockets.  Also, don’t cut thru the inner pockets.
  • Take the 4 leg pieces and using a seam ripper or scissors, undo the inside seam.  (I cut the outter seam and so my inner seam is showing in the front and back of skirt, but the outter seam would’ve looked better)
  • open the pieces and lay them flat, side by side, alternating big leg, skinny leg, big leg, skinny leg.  Make sure they are aligned at the top and sew vertical seams, wrong sides together.
  • Next, turn right side out.  Find one of your big seams (outter leg seams that was on the jeans prior) and that will be the front of skirt.  Make outward facing pleats starting about 1 1/2” from the front seam and pinning every 1 1/2” around. 
  • Sew around the top.  Trim bottom edge so it’s straight and sew a “faux hem” around the bottom.  Set aside.
  • Take the top of your jeans (That now look like incredibly short-shorts!) and draw a curved line going from the center upward and back down at side seam.  (see picture above)  Cut on line.  Do the same for the back. 
  • With right-sides out, tuck your pleated skirt up inside the bottom part of the “shorts” piece making sure that you have at least 1/2” overlapping. 
  • Machine sew following your scalloped cut all around.  I used tan thread and did a triple stitch (a setting on my machine) all around.  Matches the jean stitching better. 
  • Throw it in the washer/dryer and there you go!! 

If you don’t like the stray strands hanging, then you can just fold under the edges and sew a top stitch all around.  I didn’t have time and my DD actually loves it like this.  SO … super mom to the rescue!!  LOL  


Lori said...

You rock mom! I wouldn't even attempt it, so cheers to you Kris! Your dd looks great.

Patti J said...

Kudos! You do rock, mom!!! She TOTALLY looks 80's - probably better than the first mini skirt! Great job, and thanks for sharing with us :)

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Very cute!

Raven B said...

This is the cutest thing in the world. My girls would love love love this. I may have to get crafty tonight.

Lorie said...

Girlfriend...that is totally awesome! :)

Pat (mspfd) said...

You are a genius! I bet your daughter was thrilled. The skirt is fabulous and your daughter looks so cool in it. Way to go, Mom!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Yowsers, I LOVE this!!! Great job Super Mom!!!

Bananastamper said...

This turned out perfect Kristine, wow! Super Mom to the rescue indeed! I found you again, hooray!