This is a 1 hour project. Beginning sewers can make this skirt in about 1 hour. Mid range sewers can make this project in 30-15 minutes. Advanced sewers can make this project in about 20 minutes.
Note: for best results, read this tutorial all the way through before you begin this project.
There are a couple of ways to turn an old pair of pants into a skirt and this is the most basic method. This method assumes that the pant material is stretchy and does not require a slit, or requires an open slit. Scroll to the bottom for more on slits.
For this project you will need:
1 pair of pants
ruler or a straight edge (optional)
contrasting fabric (optional)
For this project I used an old pair of knit pants. If you're using fabric that wrinkles easily I suggest that you press the pants before you start. It makes everything easier.
|Basic pair of pants|
Put on the pants and determine how long you'd like your skirt to be. Pin the pants approximately 2 inches below the desired length. You can always make the skirt shorter later.
|Pin the pants at the desired length|
|Lay the pants flat|
Take off the pants. Lay them as flat at possible with the pant legs together.
|Cut just below the pin|
Cut straight across just below the pin. (Use a ruler or straight edge if it helps). I just eyeballed it.
Next cut along the inseam of the pants. The inseam if the stitching that runs on the inside of the legs. Cut up one side of the pants, across the crotch and down the other leg.
|The butt of the pants is on the left. The zipper is on the right.|
|Cut pants into a rectangle.|
Turn the skirt inside out and stitch the front and back seams.
|No slit (pencil) skirt|
Once sewn, turn the skirt on the right side and try it on.
If you created a slit, fold back the slit fabric and stitch in place.
Hem your skirt to the desired length.
I had some old fabric from a sun dress so I embellished my skirt with stripes.
A Word About Skirt Slits
There are all kinds of slits. You can easily make a front, back or side open slit in this basic skirt.
An open slit is the easiest slit to make.
|Contrasting kick pleat|
Start with your donation pile. Think about that pile of clothes that you been meaning to donate to the local charity shop. Grab a pair or pants from that pile and see if you can't turn them into a cute skirt!
SUPER PRO TIP:
There's a second blog post on this topic featuring tips and tricks - It's Right HERE!
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