Since buying my denim sewing needles I have gone a bit mad with the denim upcycling! I mended – and then remade – some children’s jeans into shorts here.
I also embarked on a rather long, but fulfilling, project to turn an old pair of jeans into a skirt.
I started with this old pair of jeans which had been mended quite a few times, before being replaced by my second-hand Toast pair.
I started by chopping them off at the knees. Then I unpicked the inner leg seams on both the front and back:
However because I wasn’t paying attention when unpicking I accidentally unpicked an outer seam too on one side:
Still I decided to turn this ‘accident’ into a feature. I took an old (second-hand) skirt which I loved but which was far too tight:
So far, so good (ish). Because I wasn’t following a pattern and rather making the instructions up as I went along I then sewed the two back seams together (that had been previously unpicked from the trouser legs). This involved having to sew over some thick layers of denim. It also left a little triangle at the bottom which I patched with some of the green skirt:
I also sewed some of the green skirt fabric down the side, which I had accidentally unpicked, but I didn’t add a patch to the front.
You can kind off see they were jeans and there is a fair amount of bad sewing in the project, but I like that it’s not perfect.
Tomorrow is our quarterly Repair Cafe and I intend to wear this skirt!