I'm so happy that I picked up the new February/March 2012 issue of Vogue Patterns magazine. In there your can find Erica Bunker's article Pants to Skirt: reuse, restitch, remarkable!
The article inspired me to dig through some of the clothes that I have outgrown but can't seem to give up. And I found what I was looking for, a pair of high-waisted, wide-legged pants.
The title of the article took me back to the seventies and when our neighbour turned old jeans into a skirt. Erica's was no seventies jean skirt remake. She made a stunning faux crocodile embossed leather skirt. And her stunning re-production of a designer crocodile embossed leather pencil skirt had me thinking.
Why can't I turn my once favourite pair of pants into a skirt.
Of course there was that issue of weight gain over the years. Damn you menopause, gluten-free beer, and oh yeah, my sweet tooth.
I figured that I could use Erica's instructions as a guideline and use the extra fabric to give the skirt some much needed width.
So away I ripped the inside leg seams and up the curve of the crotch.
I stitched up the front and it was starting to look like a skirt. That was all the encouragement that I needed.
I figured that it would be easiest to put the extra width at the centre back. And that is where I put the plan into play.
Then to fix up the missing section for the waistband facing.
You can't imagine how thrilled I was about this project. I love the cotton blend fabric and the high waisted detailing. I didn't think that it would turn out to be a cute skirt. But it did.
A narrow hem and it is finished.
I can't wait to wear it.
And maybe, I'll get a proper photo. We'll see.
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