Confession: I hate jeans.
Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve hated wearing jeans. Even when I wore them to school just to fit in I hated wearing them.
Jeans have always been uncomfortable to me, no matter the fit. Skinny, relaxed, stretchy, boot cut–they all make my legs (and other areas) feel like they’re in a straight jacket. And these are just the pairs that fit good! There are countless other pairs I’ve worn where the legs were too tight but there was excess room in the butt. If anything, jeans remind me of the fact that I have no butt. And that’s just not right.
I recently rid my closet of all but a couple pairs of jeans and have been brainstorming ways to put all this denim to use.
Since I’ve always been a skirts and dresses kind of gal, I decided to turn one pair of ill-fitting jeans into a fab-fitting denim skirt.
Gotta pair of jeans that fit weird or that you love but are worn out in the thighs? OR, would you just love a cute denim skirt without forking over extra money? Then here’s an easy way to turn that pair of jeans into a denim skirt! Best part? You don’t need a sewing machine!
Easy Denim Skirt Tutorial
Before we begin, you will need:
- Seam ripper
It’s actually easier to sew this skirt by hand since managing the pieces of denim can get a little cumbersome on the machine. Binge watching a show on Netflix? Why not stitch up a skirt while you’re sitting there? 🙂
STEP 1: Rip out inner seams
Using a seam ripper, rip out the inner seams of a pair of jeans. Pull out and discard all the threads.
Step 2: Determine length
Hold the pair of jeans up to where the waistband falls naturally at your waist. Take this time to admire your sexy socks and booties.
Next, mark the length you would like your skirt to be using a couple straight pins.
Fold jeans so that the zipper is in the front, the crotch is in the back and the side seams line up.
Cut in a straight line at the level you placed your pins. Reserve the excess denim.
Step 3: Pin and sew front and back crotches
This part is the trickiest, but no worries. You can pin and test as much as needed before pulling out the needle and thread.
- Place jeans face-up. Rip out the crotch seam all the way up to within 1/2″ of the zipper area.
- Flip jeans over and rip out crotch seam all the way up until you are level with the back pockets.
- Since the fabric of the crotch is curved, pull the top “leg” over until it lies smooth against the bottom “leg” of the jeans.
- Carefully pin the fabric together along the crotch seam, making sure the fabric is completely smooth.
Next, hold the jeans up. Does the area you just pinned buckle outwards or does it hang down smoothly? If there is a buckle, then you might just need to pull that top leg over a tiny bit more. Smooth and repin until this area lies flat when held up.
Once area is smooth, sew pieces together, using the crotch seam as a guide.
Flip the jeans over, smooth out and repeat the process on the front crotch.
Finally, flip jeans inside-out and cut away the excess fabric leaving a 1/2″ border along the seam.
Step 4: Fill in the gaps
Place the skirt on a smooth surface. There are now triangular gaps between the legs you sewed together. To fill these gaps, you will use the excess denim you cut away from the legs.
- Slide a large piece of this excess denim up into the triangular gap until it completely fills in the area.
- Pin and sew the filler fabric to the skirt, using the inner seams of the legs as a guide.
- Trim the bottom of the filler piece if it’s longer than the rest of the skirt.
- Repeat with the other side.
- Flip skirt inside-out and trim away excess, leaving a 1/2″ border along the seams.
Step 5: Fray the hem
Rather than hemming, I prefer a frayed edge. To create this look, carefully open up a pair of scissors and scrape the blade along the edges of the raw denim.
Next, toss the skirt in the wash. This will help fray the edges even further.
Trim back any extra long strings.
And you’re done!
Gotta love a good denim skirt at a good price: $0. I just love not wearing jeans!
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Do you love or loathe wearing jeans?