Denim skirt from stash scraps
Lately I’ve started thinking I really need some more basics in my wardrobe. Nothing too dull, just some staple items to pair with my more colourful, patterned and printed pieces. At the same time, I need to start reducing my fabric stash and “to do” pile. This denim skirt killed two birds with one stone!
Can you tell what my skirt was originally? The faded line around the hem is a bit of a giveaway – it used to be the hems of some denim jeans that I cut off to make into shorts ages ago. There are all kinds of things you can make from left over bits of material, depending on their size, of course, but I didn’t have a basic skirt so I set my sights on making one. There was only JUST enough fabric – this project would not work for very skinny jeans! The pair that I used were men’s jeans that were several sizes too big as well as being a roomy cut to begin with (obviously they were from a while ago, you wouldn’t even be able to make half a skirt from the skinny style that hipster dudes are wearing at the moment).
Anyway, I sewed the cut-off hems together like this… (disclaimer: I did this about two years ago but never got around to finishing it! Fortunately I am still much the same size as I was then!)…
Basically, if the jeans or pants are straight-legged, you can think of the cut-off hems as rectangles. So if you want to make something similar, you could use rectangles of scrap fabric. They would each need to have a width of 1/4 of your hip measurement, plus 2cm (2 x 1cm seam allowance). The length can be whatever you like. Can you see that I have tapered the seams towards the waist? Otherwise you will just end up with a tube shape! I then added an open-ended zip on each side, and to neaten the waist section, folded it over and sewed some tape to it to make it sturdier. And now I have a skirt that goes with just about everything!
(I’m wearing it with a top I made from an op shop scarf, plus brand new shoes I bought recently at an op shop for $5. Pretty pleased!)
I could have taken up the hem of the skirt to get rid of the faded line and make it a more mini length, but I kind of like the unfinished hem and the fact you can tell it was something else to start with. Plus it means I can sit down without revealing too much, which is always a bonus!
All of these pictures were taken in between other photo shoots – details of which will be revealed later, although if you follow me on Instagram you may already have a fair idea of what has been going on!