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Thread: denim patchwork skirts

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    denim patchwork skirts

    Years ago, they advertised on a quilt program on public TV that they would do a skirt out of blue jeans. What they did was make fabric of jeans and then use a commercial pattern to cut it out. It had an elastic waist. Many experienced seamstresses know that elastic and heavy fabrics is not a good combination. So I sulked for a month until I figured out to cut a pair of jeans off below the waist. Wala, the yoke of the skirt. Then I cut six gores out of the legs of three pairs of jeans having the side seam in the middle of the gore. The top of the gore was at the ankle. Yeah I had my skirt. But then it mushroomed since I was able to get jeans at $.25 apiece. I got a wardrobe of solid skirts. Then I branched out with these four more interesting skirts. I have worn them for years and they never go out of style. Sorry no tute, easy to do but too hard to explain in words.

    On the front one there are pockets around the bottom. You can see the quilt expo ticket and my charge card sticking out of two of them. I have my money and charge card in one that buttons at the bottom in the front. It makes it rather hard to pickpocket. There is one on the back left side that will hold and open can of pop and not spill while I walk. But of course you can't bend down without spilling it. The beige one is futon fabric scraps from a local factory.
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    WOW - Great idea you did terrific and thank you for sharing.
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    The charge card made me laugh.
    cute idea

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    I love all of your skirts! Great job figuring out how to make them without the elastic! I especially like the one with the birdhouse & butterflies on it!

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    I have been saving some old jeans for a skirt and could not figure out how the elastic was going too hold it up. Thanks for sharing
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    lol, I've been wearing jean skirts since I was a teenager. I love them. Yours are cute ;-)
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    So basically the waist of the jeans is the waist of the skirt. Brilliant. (As long as the jeans still fit, LOL)

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    Yes the yoke of the skirt is made by cutting jeans off just below the zipper. So immediately I have a yoke that has the zipper in, the pockets in and the waist band on. Before I cut, I do remove the back pockets partially and the front pockets inside are folded up so I don't cut through those. Then I measured the edge around the hip area. I decided I wanted six gores. So I divided that measurement of the hip area of the yoke by the six gores. and I added seam allowances. I made the gore at the bottom six inches wider than the top. It was fast and easy to do. I did the first solid skirt in an afternoon.
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    So basically the waist of the jeans is the waist of the skirt. Brilliant. (As long as the jeans still fit, LOL)
    DEB CAVAN

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    Thank you for adding the pictures. Makes it easier to understand.

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    What a great idea. Are they fun to make? Lucky you having access to futon scraps.

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    Your skirts are timeless! Beautiful and enchanting.
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    what a great re-use of denim
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    Wow that is awesome.
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    I have an agreement with a local thrift store to pick up their unwanted donated jeans. Maybe one leg has paint on it, or has a hole, or the hems are raggedy from being walked on. They call me when their box gets full, and I get a substantial amount of usable leg parts. From now on, I'll keep an eye out for yokes.

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    LOL. "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." Or something like that. I have a pile of old jeans I've been waiting to do something with for years. Now I know what I want to do and thanks to your pictures and description, I know how. Your skirts are very cute. Thank you!
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    What a fantastic idea. Would love to see a better view of the 2nd one!

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    You were thinking on that one - genius! Thank's for sharing with us.
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    Thanks Deb, for explaining how to do this! I want to try and make them for my DGGs. Years ago, we made jean skirts by opening the inseam of a pair of jeans and then filling in the v-shaped gap in front and back, with denim crazy patchwork. It was cute, but did not hang as well as yours do!

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    Great idea... don't think I've worn a skirt in years, but yours are great!

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    Love your skirts I will be making some soon

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    Deb, you are so creative! I love your skirts!!

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    Great skirts! Pocket ideas are neat too!
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