Do you have any jean pants that you want to refashion into skirts?
Here’s how I transformed B’s jean pants.
Below is a picture of what you will need, along with a pair of pants (of course), measuring tape, chalk or any type of removable marker and a pair of tweezers (optional). By the way, the thread I used is specifically for heavy material like jeans. You also would have to make sure to use the appropriate needle for this project, needle that can handle heavy fabric because we don’t want any broken needles now, do we? 🙂
Decide how long you want the skirt to be. This specific skirt is a girls’ size 5T. You will need extra fabric to compensate for the “triangular hole” that will be “patched up” if you want the skirts to be the same length as the pants. In this case, I eyeballed the length that I wanted the skirt and made sure that I had enough of the same jean fabric to patch up the triangular hole that will come about once the seams are ripped up. It may not make sense right now but if you’d like to scroll down to look at the next pictures, you may get an idea of what I’m talking about. Keep your seam allowance in mind also. For this skirt, I just wanted to put overlock stitches for the bottom edge.
So at this point, I folded the pants in half and marked where I’m going to be cutting, took a deep breath and cut. This is the point of no return.
Now, you’re going to take your seam ripper and rip open the inner seams of the pants. This is the tricky part because you only want to rip the seams that are creating the two legs of the pants. You want to open these up. Be careful not to rip the actual jean fabric.
The seams for the “future skirt” piece and the two pieces that have been chopped off will have to ripped. It’s a bit of work but once you’ve done this part done, it’s pretty easy. At this point, you should have something like the picture below.
You think you’re a pro at seam-ripping yet? You still need to do some more ripping just below the bottom the zipper area and the back side. Make sure you leave enough room that the seam for the zipper is secured. You just really need to rip to the point that the piece that will flap over lays flat. The picture below explains it better than I can at the moment. (Z just woke up and my time in front of this laptop is now ticking.)
You’ll need to do the same for the back side of the skirt. See the picture below.
At this point, I have a lot of tiny threads sticking out from all the seam-ripping frenzy so I took a pair of tweezers and actually pulled them out so that the edges will be nice and clean. See the difference between the two edges?
Lay the skirt flat and you will see the triangular hole that I mentioned earlier. Now, you’re ready to bring the pieces together to “patch up” this triangular hole. You can start on either the front or the back side. I always just start with the front. Take one of the chopped off pieces which should now look somewhat of a rectangle after ripping one of its seams. Sandwich it between the two layers of the skirt, the right side of the rectangular piece together with the wrong side of the top layer of the skirt. Pin it into place. See picture below.
You will need to remove a few pins that hold the flap and the right edge together to open it up for stitching under it. Keep the other pins intact to keep the fabric in place while you’re stitching. Start stitching the side that is under the flap, starting from the bottom of the skirt all the way up, just enough that the flap can cover the top stitches. You can follow the line that is left by the original stitches that you ripped up. Once at the top, pivot your fabric to make the two corners so that you can stitch you way back down to the bottom of the skirt. See the next two pictures.
Now, you’ll just need to re-pin the flap in place and stitch from the bottom of the skirt, all the way up stitching the flap completely flat, pivoting and making your way back down. From here, you can mark the front of the skirt and cut off the excess.
Turn the skirt inside out and cut the excess fabric.
Serge or zigzag stitch around the edges to prevent from fraying. I used my overlock stitch function for this.
Turning the skirt right side out, you’ll be working on the back side of the front the same way you did the front. Like before, sandwich the remaining jean fabric between the two layers of the skirt, right side of the jean piece to the wrong side of the back side of the skirt. Pin it in place.
The flap of the back side will not be the same size as the front and so work with it by folding and pinning it in place when you’re happy with what you see. If it would help to keep it down, iron it flat. Pin everything in place to have an idea of how it will look. Remove a few pins off the flap to start stitching. Replace the pins to the flap and continue sewing like you did for the front side of the skirt.
Using the front side as a guide, mark and cut the excess fabric off of the back side to even out with the front side. Turn the skirt inside out and serge or zigzag stitch the edges to prevent from fraying. You can also use your overlock stitch for this.
The only thing left is to finish off the bottom edge by hemming it or in this case, I just decided to use my overlock stitch and had the stitches very close together to enclose the seams to prevent any fraying from occurring. Voila! The jean pants took a transformation and is now a jean skirt!!! Pictures with B in it coming soon!