Wow, was this easy and fun to do! At the thrift store, I always dig through the $0.25 bin for things I can use as fabric. In there was a pair of size 42 men’s work pants. I brought them home and made this:
I planned on just using the legs as fabric (working around seams), but once I got into it, I was able to use the existing seams! Lemme show you:
Before, the rather large pants. I ripped apart the inside leg seams and laid the pants out flat to see what I was working with.
As it turned out, I fit in the pants… turned upside down! I sewed up the sides, changing to a basting stitch for the zipper about 6″ from the top of one side.
Oh yeah! 😛 I was kind of stoked that it fit so well. It seriously could have been a floor-length A-line skirt, but I wanted a shorter one. Plus a 42″ hem on a floor-length skirt is kind of restricting, so I was sure I would trip all over the place. I chopped it off, added some darts on the back to make the waist fit, put in the recycled zipper from the pants’ fly, and serged the hem!
I’ll admit that even though the pants-turned-upside-down did fit me just fine, it was a little form-fitting. So to make the skirt more modest, I added a 1.5″ strip of fabric down the front to make it less tight. To cover up the weird added-fabric, I just sewed the back of the pants over it! I love the effect.
You can see the darts I put in. I need to work on my denim darts- any tips on making them lay flatter? Thankfully you can’t see them when I wear a shirt over the top. I never tuck my shirts in anyway so it doesn’t matter. 🙂
When I sewed the back of the pants onto the front (what is that called? A placket? waistband? yoke?), I just folded the edge under the hem and stitched it there to finish the raw edges.
I really enjoyed this project! Not bad for 25 cents and eh, 2 hours? of work! 😀 And the best part is re-purposing something that otherwise would have been thrown away. Oh, and I still have about 3/4 a yard of contiguous denim from these pants that I could do something with… 😛