Upcycling Denim Part Two: Jeans to Skirt

upcycled denim skirt

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.

mended jeans

I started by chopping them off at the knees. Then I unpicked the inner leg seams on both the front and back:

upcycling jeans

However because I wasn’t paying attention when unpicking I accidentally unpicked an outer seam too on one side:

jeans to skirt

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:

skirt upcycle

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:

denim skirt refashion

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.

 

denim skirt made from jeans

 

Tomorrow is our quarterly Repair Cafe and I intend to wear this skirt!

Corsham Repair Cafe poster June 2016(If you like this post please follow me on facebook , twitter or instagram)

Repair Cafe update

Last Saturday (19th) was the second birthday of our Repair Cafe!

We had a really good attendance: 22 customers in all with most items being repairable, apart from two DAB radios which was frustrating.

We did have a great vintage portable record player bought in, and my beloved rag doll got a new pair of boots from Alison, the sewing expert.

I was also pleased as the live twitter commentary seemed to work and we had at least one new customer as a result!

There’s a live tweetchat tomorrow (Thurs) evening 8-9pm from #makedoandmendyear  which will be about Repair Cafes and Restart Parties if you want to find out more.

Happy Second Birthday to our Repair Cafe!

 

Corsham Repair Cafe 19 Sept 2015This Saturday marks the second birthday of our Repair Cafe! I am so excited and proud! Over the past two years and 11 cafes we have made nearly 150 repairs which means toasters, chairs, lamps, clothing, computers and bikes that haven’t gone to landfill.

We will be marking the occasion with cake, cups of tea, more repairs and I am going to attempt to tweet live from the event (yikes!) 2-4pm on Sat 19 Sept   #Corsham #RepairCafe

Repair Cafe birthday cake

For more info on Repair Cafes and other mending events near you this month there is the fabulous Festival of Repair run by The Rubbish Diet and the Make Do and Mend-able Directory of all things repair related in the UK.  Jen from the above directory and the inspiration behind my setting up our Repair Cafe will also be operating a#makedoandmendyear tweetchat on the 24th of September which will be about Repair Cafes and Restart Parties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten Repair Cafes and still going strong…

Phwew! Last weekend was very busy as I worked non stop at the festival organised by the Arts Centre where I work. We did manage to squeeze in a Repair Cafe, though, and our volunteer experts were able to fix thirteen items including a power saw, rug and back massager! Corsham’s next Repair Cafe will be on Saturday 19 September, 2-4pm when we’ll be celebrating our second birthday!

Corsham Repair Cafe September 19th 2015