One of my favorite pairs of jeans had seen better days. I could’ve simply patched the holes on the side seams and the crotch area, but I wanted a denim skirt in my closet. I searched the interweb for a simple but cute jeans skirt design. I found a super cute and simple denim skirt featuring three slightly ruffled layers and frayed seams. After studying the photo, I was pretty confident I could replicate the skirt with a thread and needle. I snipped off the legs just below the back pockets, took off one of the legs seams, and cut the legs into about 4-inch strips. I simply matched the side seam of the top piece (the one with the zipper) and the side seam of the leg strip and sewed the two pieces together. I knew the strips weren’t long enough to match the width of the top portion, but I had enough strips to create a brick-layered look. My main concern was matching the side seams. I actually didn’t mind hand sewing the strips together because I felt more in control of the stitches, ruffles, and layers. Other than my fingers and tongue being occasionally pricked, I had no problem sewing the skirt during a few classic “Star Trek” movies with Rifftrax commentary. The whole process was surprisingly simple, and I’m pretty surprised with amount of projects I’ve been able to complete without a sewing machine.
I have access to my sister and my mom’s sewing machines, but with a little time and determination, I’m happy to finally add more skirts to my collection. And some days, I really don’t mind working with a needle and thread even though I look forward to having a brand new spanking sewing machine. Charlie and I have an eye on a particular machine that can sew AND embroider, but I’m waiting for the perfect time to buy it.