Inspire My Creativity – Recycled Jean Skirt
I am not one to wear all the latest trends and fashion, I kind of just go with the flow and wear things I like. However, this spring I am seeing a lot of jeans skirts in stores and this is one trend I am happy to follow. But instead of buying one of those jeans skirts in the store, I used it as an inspiration for this month’s Inspire My Creativity Project.
That being said, it’s time again for our Inspire My Creativity blog hop. If you haven’t visited us before, you can check out one of our previous hops where we made “Flower” crafts and I made Flower Crowns. Each 2nd Wednesday of the month, we post our latest and greatest creations. Each month has a predetermined theme and this month’s theme is “Something to Wear”.
This past Christmas I was thrilled to get a sewing machine as a gift from my family. Up until now, my Mom had used it to fix a couple of items when she had visited but I hadn’t personally gotten a chance to use it. In cleaning out my closet recently, I had several pairs of jeans that I had that were no longer wearable due to holes in them. Sure, ripped jeans are acceptable these days to wear but the holes in these were not acceptable.
I hadn’t gotten around to throwing them out, and had kind of held on to them in case I need patches for my son’s jeans or any other sort of use. So I decided to take a pair of the old jeans and see if I could transform them into a new skirt for myself.
First thing I did was cut off the legs to jeans about 2 – 3 inches longer than you want the skirt hem to fall. Then cut open the inner seams of the jeans.
I then cut a portion of the seam that is just below the zipper up from the bottom about 2 inches. This portion will help the fabric lie down flat when you sew up the front seam.
I then turned the jeans inside out and sewed up the back seam. At this point you can choose whether you wan the kick pleat at the front or the back of the skirt. I chose to put mine in the front. If you chose the back, only sew down until about 3-4 inches from the hem line.
For the front seam, lay the cut area under the zipper over the other side of fabric until it lies flat. Be sure that it’s pulled over enough so that when you sew the front seam it closes far enough down. I incorporated the kick pleat in the front, so I only sewed down until about 3 inches above the hemline. Once you have the front sewn, you can either cut the hem so that it is straight and leave it a ragged edge or fold it over and sew up for a clean edge.
And in those simple steps, you have yourself a new skirt!
I have to say this project came together a lot easier than I had originally anticipated and so glad I attempted it. Check out the other hostesses for our link party and see what great ideas they came up with. I can’t wait to see all of their creative ideas.