School has started for me one week ago and I am already crying for help under the stress of homework and projects that have fallen upon me all of a sudden. Luckily, I managed to squeeze in some precious time to try out this quick DIY transformation that I’ve been meaning to try for some time now!
Mermaid – or as some may call them, trumpet – skirts are really trendy now, and I’ve been searching high and low for one. However, the ones I managed to find were all either incredibly expensive, or made of those super tight, bodycon material which I really dislike.
I bought this gorgeous pair of really highwaisted teal jeans at a Pasar Malam (night market in Singapore) for $2 a few months back, and I absolutely love the colour, rise and comfort of them. However, the cutting fits a little weird on me, fitting tight on some areas and baggy on others, not to mention how they are a tad too short for me. I considered altering them, but the top-stitching on the seams made it hard to take in any fabric. Hence, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try out this idea that had been floating around in my head for the longest time.
1. Cut as low as you can across the hip of the pair of jeans.
2. Setting the top part of the jeans aside, let’s move on to the jeans legs.
Cut off the hem at the bottom of the legs.
3. As far as possible, cut out two strips of fabric from your jeans legs. Maximise your cutting placement – cut the strips as wide and as long as possible!
4. Place the two strips ride sides together and sew down both short ends, forming a large tube shape.
5. Then, hem one side of the tube.
6. Using a needle and thread, gather the other side of the tube by sewing long straight stitches across the fabric.
7. After going around the whole tube of fabric, adjust the ruffles to ensure that the circumference of the tube matches the circumference of the top part of your skirt.
8. Place the gathered tube and the skirt right sides together. Pin and sew in place.
9. After you have sewn the two pieces together, you are basically done!
I decided to go one step further by top stitching along the seam we just sewn, securing the seam allowance in place. 🙂
That’s all for today’s tutorial, hope you enjoyed!
If you try out this DIY, do send me a photo of it by hashtagging your tweet or instagram post with the hashtag #PCDIY !
Till next time!