Jul 21, 2010

Pants Become A Skirt

Today's tutorial is a bit different as only a small part is made from vintage sheets, but I love the way it looks so had to share with you.  Tutorial is from Katie at Explanation Required.

Charlotte's definitely getting taller, but is staying skinny as can be, so lots of her 18 month clothes still fit except for the length. I plan to turn most of her now-highwater pants into capris or shorts, but was inspired by another blogger (can't remember which one and didn't save the link, sorry) to use a pair to make a ruffled skirt for her. And because a skirt wasn't enough, I gussied up a plain white tank she had to match. Here's ten easy steps to make this outfit yourself:

Step 1. Gather your supplies - too short pants, a bit of scrap fabric (mine's a vintage sheet found at the thrift store) and basic sewing supplies. You'll also need a couple buttons and a plain tank or tee should you decide to make the shirt too.

Step 2. Cut the legs off the pants, just above the crotch.

Step 3. Measure the width of your your new skirt and multiply by 4. Cut a strip of fabric 2-3 inches high to that length. I used the hem already on the sheet so I didn't have to do my own.

Step 4. Fold the strip in half lengthwise and seam together to form a loop. I opted to use a french seam, but you could use a regular seam as long as you finish the edge.

Step 5. With the skirt turned right side out and the piece of fabric turned right side in, line up your edges and begin pinning the ruffle in place. It's best to put a single pin in the front, back and each side first, then pin halfway between each one two more times. (Hope that makes sense!)

Step 6. Use your sewing machine to stitch the ruffles down. You'll want to go slowly and as you remove the pins, push the ruffle fabric flat to the skirt.

Step 7. Serge or zig zag your seam and you'll be nearly done.

Step 8. Iron your ruffle down and do a finishing stitch on the right side of the ruffle. If you're as terrible at sewing straight lines as I am, make sure to stitch slowly and follow your seam as a guide.

Step 9. Now cut three circles from your scrap fabric (and be sure to take a photo of them that has ridiculously low depth of field) and make yoyos out of them. My circles were roughly 4 inches in diameter. 

Step 10. Use a button and some embroidery floss to stitch the yoyos to your tank.

And that's it! A pretty easy way to make use of too short pants. Now, Charlotte's skirt ended up a little short, so I may go back and add another ruffle. It'd have been easier to do this from the start, so consider it if you're concerned about the length. But, I might just leave it as is. I figure she'll never be allowed to wear a skirt this short again, not if her daddy has anything to say about it anyway!


Now if only I could teach that girl too look at the camera when I'm taking a picture, instead of in every direction except towards me!

THANKS for the great tutorial KATIE!


bubbachenille said...

oooooh aaaaah very cute!

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Just darling! And the skirt is pretty cute too! I love upcycling jeans and I love how you tied the top in with the skirt by using yo-yos. Very clever!


Dee said...

oh my goodness, how cute is this! and I don't even have girls!

thanks, I'm passing this one along to all the moms of princesses I know!

fabriquefantastique said...

Too adorable, looking at this with my 6 year old granddaughter who has just gone to get a pillowslip (the shorts she has chosen to cut up are brand new!!)

Jan Hatchett said...

Gorgeous idea and a lovely little model!

A. said...

Gorgeousness! Your photos are so pretty, too!

Sewn With Grace said...

Just darling!

mamaluke said...

The sheets and pillowcase in my cupboard have ben waitin for me to find your blog, and now I am a very happy girl! I'll be follwing your work with excitement. Made a very ruffly lng handled bag from a couple of pillowcases for a friend, completely forgot to take pics! Will maybe try and do a mini tutorial. Thank you for your inspiration.

FindingLightPhotography said...

I just found your blog! it is great. I like- and have been looking for vintage sheets for some time now, but haven't had much luck- except for the ones I've seen on ebay. I have also tried to find a vintage sheet swap- fq's or whatever. Maybe you would know where to find a swap? thanks!

qltmom9 said...

OH, SO sweet!
I have that sheet...can't cut it yet, since it is a favorite. LOL!
Thanks for the tutorial, it was fun to see the pics.~

casserole said...

Adorable!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


Alicia said...

Oh! Just adorable! (The girl, and the outfit!)

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Bethany @ The Paper Pony said...

This is so dang cute! I LOVE the yo-yo embellishments on the top! Isn't it nice to be seeing yo-yos all over the place again?