Ask, and Ye shall receive.

by Abigail Percy on 13/04/2006

in Green Crafting

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First of all I want to thank everyone for all of the fabulous suggestions posted in the comments last week. One recurring theme in the e-mails and comments I’ve recieved about recycled clothing is “I want to make my old clothes into new clothes, but I don’t know how to get started.” That’s where this post comes in. Here, we take old man pants and transform them into a li’l pleated skirt, embelished with one of these lovely fabric flowers from Wise Craft. Of course, there are many MANY more ways to remake your old duds, and for many more ideas, check out the links at the end of this post!
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1. Seam rip hem stitches and cut off any part of the cuff that may be worn out. 2. Turn pants inside out and seam rip the inseam, from ankle to crotch to ankle. 3. Put pants on inside-out and mark on the side of the thigh where you’d like the skirt to end (before the pleats). Also, mark at the back of the skirt, at the widest part of your bottom (each marked here with a red “x”). Now, draw a line one inch below the mark on the side of the thigh, perpendicular to an intact side seam. 4. In this picture I’ve added that red dotted line to show how you can follow the natural line from the zipper down to the bottom of your skirt. Baste this, as well as a similar line you’ve drawn from the point you’ve marked as the widest part of your bottom down to the edge of the skirt. I say *baste* because this is the part where a tiny bit of fitting comes in. My seam below the zipper worked fine, but I had to adjust the one at the back a bit, as you can see here:

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Now, once you’ve got the seams right, stitch along your baste lines. And then, seam finish around the bottom edge of your skirt (I used a zig-zag stitch), and set this part aside.

Next:

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Pleats:

5. cut two long rectangles of fabric out of each pant leg you’ve cut off (mine were 8″ x 24.5″). Sew these together, end to end, until you have a really long strip. Now fold this strip lengthways (right sides together) and stitch together to make one long tube. 6. First turn the tube right side out, then press the tube flat, then press in pleats. I made my pleats random and just kept and eye on how long my tube was once folded as I knew the hem of my skirt was about 42″ around. 7. to finish the edges of the tube, I folded each end inside about a half inch and hand stitched closed. Now, pin the pleated fabric onto the skirt overlapping about one inch. 8. I had left my pleated piece a little shorter than my skirt hem on purpouse to have a little gap/side slit, and this of course is where I attached my fabric flower, which I made with some of the leg scraps. Once I’d finished my skirt I decided I didn’t like how the front pockets kind of “pooched out” at the sides, so I went ahead and sewed them shut with just a single line of stitching along the pocket edge.

And that’s pretty much it! This is the first how-to type post I’ve written for whip up, so please let me know if things don’t make sense.

Want to see more ways to re-do a wardrobe?

From not martha, a full length jean skirt
Gorgeous things from Revamp Designs
More skirts and some great looking “t-shirt sugery” at Oh My Stars Craft
And if you’ve ever wondered how to turn a bedsheet into a Jellyfish dress, check out this post at Pearl of Civiliation

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