Trouser Refashion Swap | Tutorial
Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking Miriam of MadMim Miranda of One Little Minute Melissa of I Still Love You Liz of Cotton & Curls Krista of Lazy Saturdays Kelli of True Bias Kate of See Kate Sew Jennifer of Grainline Studio Carrie of This Mama Makes StuffGather your supplies, I used one pair of skinny jeans, two metal zippers, regular thread (not pictured) and topstitching thread. Mark how long you'd like to make your skirt plus seam allowance. I went a little bit longer so I had room to even out the hem incase my chopping was a little wonky, which it was.
Chop those suckers!
Take out the inseam.Redraw the center front seam. You'll generally want this to be a straight line down from the end of the fly stitching. Sew your new seam. Draw the back line, I like to curve this line a bit since, you know, we aren't straight lines back there. Stitch this seam. Serge your seams, or finish them however you like to do that sort of thing. Pug supervision is helpful at this stage.
If your hemline is a little crooked like mine was, measure down and straighten it out.
Mark how high your zippers go on the side seams.Remove side seam stitching to marked point, reinforce the end of the side seam stitching and serging if possible. Clip to, but not through, the seam at the point where the zipper will stop, finish the edges of the open seam. My pants had a LOT of elastic in them so I hand basted the zipper in place before I sewed it in.
Stitch around your zipper, repeat for the other side.
Fold up your hem allowances and stitch hem in place.
There you go, a skirt with zippers on the side...
...and enough fabric left over for the cat bed you never knew your cat wanted. Win win all around!Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, apologies for the pet cameos, they just really are EVERYWHERE I am, ALL THE TIME. Check back on October 1st to see the refashions in their new homes.