So, I've been on a bit of a weight loss kick, which fortunately, went pretty well for a while there and now I'm left with a bunch of clothes that don't fit me, and no money to buy a whole new wardrobe. First world problems, I know.
Anyway, I had some fairly ratty jeans that me and my kachunga thighs had worn holes in- at the bottoms and that place where your thighs rub together. I hate wasting anything, and this particular pair of jeans had already been partially cannibalized in order to make my bag of the summer a year ago.
I love pencil skirts. I'm all over the fifties, Mad Men inspired pencil skirts. However, if you like jeans and would like a jeans pencil skirt, you cannot find one in the stores that isn't too short for my tastes. Don't get me wrong, I have a mini skirt in jeans, but that's not want I wanted. I wanted a pencil skirt that hit below my knees and looked awesome.
(Yes, I know there's threads that need cutting. Gimme a break, I was coming down with the plague...)
You'll notice, unlike so many jeans skirts out there, this one does not have the stupid inside thigh seam simply lain on top and stitched down. Not only is that a style that I think is just WRONG and points to the wrong place on your body girls!
Besides, the whole reason for this was there were holes that needed to go anyway.
Jeans have this lovely way of doing their seams with bitch-tight-strong thread that just does not want to come out. It nearly did my head in.
The trick to this appears to be that you have to make certain you rip all the way up to the seams. Not just close, but all the way up. I took out the leg seams and then the crotch/bum seams up to the zipper/waistband.
From there it was relatively easy.
The front was a little trickier.
Then a bit of hemming (hairy legs and all)
And now I have a jeans pencil skirt! If you try this with a wash of jeans that isn't terribly flattering once the legs are joined, my suggestion is to simply buy a jeans wash dye and throw it together. In fact, I might just dye the next one I do black for some variety.