Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Jean Skirt Upgrades

 I'm working with my step-mother to make some skirts out of jeans for her grand-daughters and friends.  My step-mother is a conservative Christian and they believe that girls and women should wear skirts to show their femininity but they should be modest and cover the knee.  Anyway, this is a tall order for these Christian women as many skirts for little girls are quite short and it is hard to find modest skirts for women as well.  While I don't personally subscribe to her beliefs and dress code, I do like to be helpful and this project has been a nice way to bond with her on a topic that I feel very strongly about - sewing!!  Judy has purchased a number of thrifted pairs of pants and skirts and has given me freedom to hack and sew as I see fit.  I am looking forward to the challenge!

This was my first attempt at making a skirt of jeans.  I love that you can use an existing skeleton of denim and make it a cute skirt that has built in structure and you don't have to do much measuring around the waist.  This was pre-cut for me by my step-sister-in-law and I added a sweet purple calico print that I inherited from my mother-in-law.   Judy really liked it and I felt very happy with how it turned out.  The true test will be if Judy's grand-daughters will like it and if it is a good length for them.  I'll be sure to show the results of all of my experiments!