Friday, May 4, 2012

jeans to flirty skirt tutorial

So here it is, at long last, inspired by my birthday buddy, Kristin.
These photos were taken at the sewing studio at a class. Thanks to Erin Truog as my hand model for a few of these- nicely done, and two cute skirts to boot!

Starting with a pair of jeans, cut off the legs just above the inseam. Using the legs, cut out several curved pieces for the flounce. The curvier you cut them, the flouncier they will be and the more fabric you will need.

With the right sides together, stitch the flounce pieces together to make one long flounce.

The top edge of this flounce piece should be roughly the same size as the bottom of the jeans.

Here you can see that we cut four flounce pieces (two from each leg of the jeans) and the stretch pants that were used for the little leopard velour skirt.

At this point, you can sew the ends of the flounce together, pin and stitch to jean top. Or, if you are feeling more advance, you can start a few inches from the end of the flouce, sew all the way around until you are a few inches from the end on the other side and stop. Then you can stitch the flounce together (once you determine you have the right amount of fabric on both sides - if you don't, now is the time to add a bit to your flounce but cutting and sewing another piece). Return to stitching and finish attaching the flounce.

Now you can leave the bottom edge unfinished, use bias tape to finish hem, or if you are using jeans, topstitch around about 1/2" from the bottom for a nice frayed finish (that won't fray too much).

Please send me your feedback and skirt photos!

1 comment:

Deb said...

So cute and easy! Thanks Victoria.