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The classic jeans-to-skirt upcycle

 
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I hated how these jeans fit. Snug in the thighs, and they just hit so very wrong, at the ankle. So, out came the seams. Then a fishing expidition through my dead jeans, and, I found this pair with the embroidery. But, the other leg looked rough. Really rough. So, back to the dead jeans, and voila! Another leg with no floof. So a front and a back. I'm not sure I'm done with them. I'm thinking of adding more pockets, touching up the embroidery that's coming undone, and maybe adding a bit of my own. Maybe. Maybe, later - but, I can wear it now!
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The fit was ALL wrong
The fit was ALL wrong
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The left leg looks useable!
The left leg looks useable!
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Charlie said to put it right here! Um. Nope.
Charlie said to put it right here! Um. Nope.
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Close up-ish of the front
Close up-ish of the front
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The back, with a bit of a lower hemline - just because
The back, with a bit of a lower hemline - just because
 
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I love it!!
I've also been fixing jeans lately, seem to have lost my taste for buying new things (yay) and there is nothing better than coaxing a little more life out of something, is there?
 
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Pockets added! I found a pair of dead jeans with great back pockets, complete with flaps. They needed buttons, so I robbed yet another pair of a couple of sturdy, metal ones, that fit perfectly. I cut with linking shears, as far around the outside of the pockets as possible, so they could be double pockets, with frayed edges, where they are sewn onto the skirt. I added a wide, but short rectangle of jean scraps where the buttons were to go, to patch the holes where the original buttons had torn out, but also wanted to add some strength to that whole upper edge of the pocket, to stand up to my pocket knives, pens, etc, being constantly slid on and off of them. It turns out that was one of the best ideas I had with this project, because the skirt is so comfortable, functional, sturdy, and (imho) cute, that I'm wearing it ALL. THE. TIME. As in, I pout, when it needs washing, because I have to wait for it! I'm not sure if you can tell, but one of the things I've set this skirt up for is to have a couple of options for concealed carry, too. We've had warmer weather, in the 70s (F) this week, so I've gotten the chance to find out there's enough width to the bottom of it, to allow for airflow, to keep me cool - but with warmer stockinged underneath, it's surprisingly cozy, when the tempos have dropped. I told John i'm going to need to make a couple more of these!
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Yesterday, in the back yard
Yesterday, in the back yard
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Close up so you can see pocket placement
Close up so you can see pocket placement
 
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Some much closer closeups...
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Closed pocket
Closed pocket
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The patch to reinforce the button and add General strength to the top of the small pocket
The patch to reinforce the button and add General strength to the top of the small pocket
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Left pocket, with spare 'cheaters', pen & paper
Left pocket, with spare 'cheaters', pen & paper
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Right pocket, with a few of my pocket knives & a peek from my favorite fury photo bomber
Right pocket, with a few of my pocket knives & a peek from my favorite fury photo bomber
 
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I do something similar with my jeans.

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jean skirt
jean skirt
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