But I had this old pair of jeans in my stash of fabrics. While sorting and purging the other day, I decided either I needed to use them for something this month or throw them out. It occurred to me that I could turn them into a skirt, but I had no idea how to do it.
There were a lot of online tutorials to choose from.
Some were almost too simple, and seemed to be missing steps. Others used sewing terms I didn't understand. But they all started with using a seam ripper on the inseam of the pants, so that's what I did.
And then I straightened out the "flaps" and cut an extra wedge from a piece of the leg. Once it started to look like a skirt, I became more sure of myself.
I sewed everything up, and finished the bottom edge with a stitch on my sewing machine I've never used before. I hate the look of a homemade folded-up hem because it doesn't have the finish of a real jeans hem. I wanted something that was a little more "raw," in keeping with some of the frayed edges and wonky sewing on the rest of the skirt, and yet, I wanted something there to keep the bottom from fraying too much.
As for the inside seam allowance, I left it alone. One tutorial suggested pressing it and finishing it, and that didn't seem necessary to me. Plus, it was way more work than I wanted to do. This project was already going on three hours.
In the end, I'm thrilled with how the skirt turned out. I've been wearing it already. It's definitely rough-looking and you can tell it used to be a pair of jeans, but I think it's cute.
I will try this again with another pair of jeans I have, and I'm sure it will go fast the second time, now that I understand what goes where.
This is where I'm really seeing the payoff for doing an exercise like 30 Days of Creativity. Forcing myself to carve out a few minutes (sometimes a few hours) each day to make something has gotten me to 1) take stock of the materials I have and decide how I want to use them, 2) learn or practice skills to execute my projects. It's empowering to make something I didn't know how to make before. And I get a rush when I get to the point during a project when I know it's going to come together how I envisioned it.
I can't wait to look back at the end of the month and see what I've all made.