Convertible denim skirt April 4, 2010Posted by misscraftyfingers in Fashion, Refashion, Sewing, Tutorial.
Tags: Refashion, Sewing, Tutorial
Earlier this week, I was rummaging through my wardrobe for something to wear besides my daily jeans and I found some old denim skirts I have. I used to wear denim skirt EVERYDAY. I have about 7 of them. You know how sometimes you are totally into some styles for a period of time and then you stop wearing them. A few years down the road, you take the old clothes out and wear them again and you either feel weird in them or ask yourself why you wore that style back then. Well, I felt weird in this particular denim skirt … it felt too short.
So, I decided to update my denim skirt.
I added a bit of fabric with some lace to the hem. This extension is removable too! So, when I want to wear my denim skirt just the way it is, I just need to remove the lace extention.
Here’s how it’s done.
1. Measure the hemline of the skirt (front + back + 1 inch). This is the length of fabric and lace you should cut.
2. The width of the fabric is up to you. I only wanted about a inch longer for the extention so I cut about 2.5 inches of the fabric. You can cut a wider piece if you want it to be longer.
3. Place the lace on the top edge of the fabric (right side). Fold the other side of the edge up to meet. The lace will be sandwiched between the folded fabric. Pin the lace in place between the fabric.
4. Sew a straight line on top where the lace is between the fabric. This will form a tube with the lace inside.
5. Turn the tube inside out and iron the fabric & lace flat.
6. Run a straight stitch at the fabric edge where the lace is to keep it flat.
7. Place the piece of fabric you just sewed onto the inside of the hem line and mark the places you want to sew buttonholes onto the fabric. Sew the buttonholes onto the places where you marked. Cut open the buttonholes.
I did my buttonholes with my awesome automatic button holer on my Brother sewing machine. Your machine should have a guide on how to sew a button hole. If not, this is a good tutorial on how to sew a button hole manually.
9. Pin the fabric onto the hem line all around on the wrong side of the skirt. Start sewing the buttons onto the skirt where the button holes are.
As I’m not good at measurements, I did it this way so that the buttons and the buttonholes will actually ALIGN. You will want to make sure that the fabric will be held tight by the buttons. This is because if the fabric hangs lose, it will droop from the hemline. I also used different coloured buttons because I did not have enough cream coloured buttons. So I just grabbed the next available colour I have.
10. Once all the buttons are sewed on, button on the extention and it’s done!
When you feel like wearing the denim skirt just the way it is, just remove the extention. On days you feel like having the extra lace, just button it on!
You can do this with any skirt (or even dress) you want and with any kind of fabric or length. Or with fabric only or lace only. You can also do this with sew-on snap buttons if you don’t want to do the buttons & buttonholes thing. Buttons with buttonholes feel more secure than snap buttons to me though. Whatever rocks your boat I guess.
If you like this project or if you attempt the tutorial, let me know!