I’m so excited to be a part of another Refashion Swap! Last spring we did men’s shirts and today we all refashioned trousers. I had the privledge to make something for Miriam of MadMim. After throwing around a couple ideas I decided to make a polka dot pencil skirt, and I love how it turned out! I may need one myself now.
1. Grab your trousers, a seam ripper, and a good movie. Seam rip along the inseams of your pants (see dotted line). Depending on how they were manufactured, this step may take some time, so enjoy your movie while you work! (Chocolate is always great to have on hand too) 2. Lay your pants inside out and so that the right leg and left leg are on top of eace other.
3. Sew a smooth seam starting at the base of the zipper on the front of the pants. On the back, put your sewing needle in the seam before it starts to curve in for the bum and sew another smooth seam. Sew to the cuffs. 4. Cut your trouser-turned-skirt the length you want, leaving a few inches for a hem.
5. Using a polka dot stencil, fabric paint, and a sponge, print your fabric. Remember that hand printing can be messy sometimes, so be nice to yourself if you make a few slip ups. Let dry completely. 6. Hem your skirt. 7. Rock your skirt!
Now go hop around to all these amazing ladies’ blogs and see their creative refashions of trousers and get inspired!
Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking, Miriam of MadMim, Miranda of One Little Minute, Melissa of I Still Love You, Liz of Cotton & Curls, Kelli of True Bias, Kate of See Kate Sew, Jennifer of Grainline Studio, Carrie of This Mama Makes Stuff