How to turn an old pair of denim shorts and an old skirt into a new skirt.
I had a pair of denim shorts that once upon a time I did wear for the summer - but my time for short shorts has long gone, but for some reason I did not bin the shorts (although I did try to give them away - but they came back anyway - I guess no-one else wanted to wear short shorts!)
So I decided to try to combine them with a completely impractical white skirt in the wrong waist size that my mum sent me to create one denim/cotton skirt that I would actually wear.
First step was to cut up the shorts to create a skirt effect. I did this by removing the crotch and then pinning and sewing the front piece at an angle and the back to level out the hem. I kept the hem from the shorts because it has a lovely frayed effect.
The white cotton skirt was then pinned to the waistband of the denim skirt and I followed the hem line of the denim, pinning to the white skirt underneath.
I then machine stitched the white skirt to the denim, just above the hem line of the denim skirt, then folded the cut cotton skirt hem under to create a double hem to prevent it from fraying and ran another set of machine stitching above the first to create a double row of stitches. I just used a denim blue to match the colour of the skirt rather than trying to emulate the yellow jeans stitching.
Once again I realise that by the time I come to load the photos and write this up - I have not taken a photo of the finished item.
With the skirt, two vests, and a cardigan on the way - I have the start of my summer wardrobe.
I am just adding this final photo of the final touches to the skirt - if only to show the sheer disorder in my embroidery box - and to prove that I do not organise everything!