Up cycled skirt from jeans

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Samantha and Dylan are going on a trip to the Toronto Symphony with school tomorrow, so of course, the most important thing on my daughter’s mind was what to wear. She decided that she needed a dress or a matching skirt and top, and that she should design and make her outfit. Once again, i think my kids think it’s normal to design and sew a new outfit for the next day when they need something to wear…. Anyways, I did have an idea. Sam had this skirt when she was younger and it has always been one of my favourites, so I kept it to use as a guide.

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Here are the jeans we picked to work with. They are now a little too short for her, but still fit at the waist, so they are perfect for this.

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So, since Sam was the designer, she picked out the fabric and lace she wanted from my scraps.

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The first step was to cut off the legs of the jeans…

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Then, we cut two long strips of each fabric about six inches wide, and about double the width of the skirt. I pressed the strips in half, then sewed both end the two strips together, so they formed a continuous loop, with one folded edge.

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I pinned the two pieces of fabric together so the fold of one piece overlapped the raw edge of the other. As I was pinning, I tucked in the lace piece, and then sewed all the way around.

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Then I pinned the lace to the bottom as well, because according to the “designer”, there had to be lace on every part because that is “the prettiest.” Fine.

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So, that’s basically the skirt. If you have a serger, you could definitely use that to finish your edges.
Now, to attach the skirt to the skirt top, I sewed all the way around the skirt, close to the top edge using the longest stitch on my machine, then I pulled the top thread to gather the material, so the skirt was the same width as the skirt top.

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Then I pinned the lace around the skirt top, and then pinned the skirt bottom to connect the two pieces together. I top stitched the layers together, but once again, you could easily serge this seam.

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Here is the finished product. As you can see, I followed the designers instructions to add a couple details to make a matching shirt. All ready for the symphony!

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