View Full Version : [sew along] Turn pants into a skirt (img heavy) PART 2

01-29-2009, 12:57 AM
Now you are going to take your pants and lay them flat, letting the legs go their natural flow. You’ve already tacked down the seams in the back and front and formed a “V” in the skirt. You’re ready now to make the panels.

I recommend laying something between the layers to keep from pinning the bottom layer to the top (ask me why…hate sewing things together because of stupid pins!)

I would usually say to use your quilters cutting mat, but seeing as how I didn’t want to go upstairs, I grabbed the next best thing: The new Victoria’s Secret Catalog…I had to smile a little inside thinking about what I was doing to the pages…those super skinny models that look NOTHING like me, LOL.

Anyways..back to the tutorial!!!

On top of you cutting mat/magazine/piece of cardboard, lay your insert fabric down and lay the jeans back on top of them. Trace the “V” onto the panel-to-be (I used a pencil hoping you could see it better, but tailors chalk would work great too.)




Cut out the “V”, leaving seam allowance. I leave about an inch. Serge/zig zag over the edge to keep from fraying.


Lay it back inside the skirt, and pin it on the lines you chalked. Here is where it really matters if you are going to fray or not….I frayed the front and not the back to show both ways.

Here is the front:


Here is the back:


**NOTE** You will sew the front panel (or back, whichever you decide) first! THEN trace the back the same way you did the front, I just took pics of tracing the front, do the back the same way.

Now you skirt is almost done! You need to cut it off to the right length, either curving it (I curved this skirt) or cutting off straight. If you want to hem it, go ahead, or you can stitch 2 seams close together on the raw edge and let it fray!

Now enjoy your skirt!



Sorry, it was a bad pair of jeans, which is why I used them, LOL. That and it was quicker to do a baby’s pair than to do an adult size, LOL.

01-29-2009, 08:47 AM
That's super cute and looks easy. I'd love to see a modeled shot! Thank you.

01-29-2009, 12:27 PM
That's super cute and looks easy. I'd love to see a modeled shot! Thank you.

LOL...I'll have to see if I can get my son to model it for me :p

01-29-2009, 12:33 PM
I love doing this for my dd using my boys' old jeans

01-29-2009, 06:14 PM
thanks, very helpful

01-29-2009, 09:47 PM
I was just thinking earlier today that I want to do this to some of dd's pants!! Thanks for posting it!