Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pants to Pencil Skirt Refashion

This is one of the coolest refashions I've ever done. I was inspired by the shorts-to-skirt refashion I posted yesterday. In my ramblings I mentioned that it could be done with other fabrics that weren't so loose... and then I thought of all the dress pants I have at home that would be really great pencil skirts! I love when one idea turns into another, even greater idea. I gave it a go and it was really easy. I worked exactly how I thought it would in my head. The steps are pretty simple, even beginners can do it! In the end you'll have an adorable pencil skirt. Pencil skirts are wonderful because throughout the decades they've maintained their status as a stylish wardrobe staple. The hem has changed over the years, but that is easily controlled by leaving lots of seam allowance when you create the hem. That way you can change it as the style shifts!
(1) Seam rip it. Flip the pants inside out and begin removing the seam, starting at the crotch and working your way down one leg and then the other. Resist the urge to actually RIP the seam. I made a huge tear in my pants. 
(2) Cut it. Trim down the length of the pant so that you have less fabric to work with. Don't forget to save the legs for something else! Remember to leave plenty of room for seam allowance. Also, you'll need to make it look like a skirt, that means cutting down the crotch and booty. I tried to show before and after pictures. Basically, you're cutting of the excess and blending it into the other lines of the pant. The pants are show inside out and folded sideways, so the same down the middle is actually the side of the pants, not the front or back.
(3) Pin it. Pin the legs together down the front and back seam. You'll notice that toward the bottom on the back seam, I created a vent so there would be room to move. I just made a little V by folding the fabric back on top of itself on each side.
(4) Hem it. Hem down each of the sides and then try it on. See how long you want it to be and cut/pin accordingly. I needed mine about 4 inches shorter. I folded the edge over twice to make it really nice and then hemmed it. 


(5) Adjust it. Try it on one last time and make sure you love everything. I ended up tapering the sides of mine a little bit more because it was too loose. Done!


It was a relatively quick project. Less than one hour from start to finish! I honestly thought it would take a lot longer. I love it. I paired it for the pictures with my diy RUFFLED SHIRT. I love how they go together and it's especially cool that the entire outfit is refashioned. Hopefully John can snap some new pictures of me wearing it soon. These were taken in my full length mirror! I wish there was some fantastic interview in the near future so this outfit could make a debut in real life.

Today is the end of my fantastic giveaway, and that means that when the winners are announced (Thursday) a new giveaway will start! I'm trying to think of what to give away this month, but I would LOVE some input. The rules are pretty simple, all you have to do is LIKE THE FACEBOOK PAGE in order to be automatically entered each month. The facebook page is new and coincides with the new look of 'la vie'. I would love to get everyone connecting over there since comments can be unreliable on blogger. The facebook page is a great way to see what else has been done on la vie as well as ask questions, make suggestions and keep current with the blog of the day. Plus, who doesn't like a chance to win something each month??
That's it for me today! I hope your Tuesday is fantastic! My goal for today is to finish writing the rest of the week entirely. We'll see if that actually happens ;) If you don't get a post from me tomorrow, you can safely assume that I didn't 
accomplish my goal! All the best, and as always, thanks for reading! Pin It


TERMS OF USE (Modified from ISLY)
This project is free for personal use is not to be distributed/republished without my consent. If this inspires a project for your own blog, that is awesome! But please remember to link back to my original post. Please do not copy this text, use the images or steal this idea for any publications. Thanks for promoting the freedom to INSPIRE!


17 comments:

  1. DO you know how much this skirt reminds me of the one I still have from you back in middle school from Gap?!?!? It's nearly identical! (Although I would never fit in it as of today :))

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    1. three things...
      A) Middle school! That proves that pencil skirts never go out of style.
      B) I miss you so much.
      C) You would totally fit into it!!!!

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  3. Great refashion! I love refashioning but don't get to do it often enough. This is one of the best skirt ones I have seen.

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    1. Thanks, Shara! The world can always use a few more pencil skirts :)

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  4. Wow, I have tried making skirts of out pants before, but it never worked. Seeing your pictures made it click. Thanks!

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    1. Perfect! I'm so glad- pencil skirts are so classic.

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  5. I so wish I found this tutorial BEFORE I made a skirt out of pants for my daughter a month or so ago. Now I know of a much better way of blending the front and back thanks to this tutorial, the moment I saw your pictures things clicked for me also! Thank you so very much! I have a pair of pants or two I found for dirt cheap that's been awaiting a refashioning into skirts and this helps a whole lot!

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    1. I wish you had, too! But at least next time you'll be all set :) thanks for reading!

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  6. This is really adorable! you did a lovely job!!

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

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  7. I found this on Pinterest! I'm working on my pants refashion right now and wanted to see if you had any issues with sewing around the zipper area. The back seam was pretty easy but I had to do the front seem twice now. :-(

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    1. Hi Meredith! I did not have that experience :/ I'm so sorry that it's giving you trouble! I tried to stay away from the zipper area and tapered into it. If you want to send pics to la.vie@aol, I'd be happy to take a look and see if I can help!

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  8. Thanks, Auna, for replying so quickly! I think the problem might have been that these were wide-leg pants and I took them in too much in the front. I have another pair that are slimmer that I'm working on next. I think those will be easier.

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  9. I finally finished it! I think this DIY was a bit above my skill level. :-( Oh well, at least I'm learning.

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  10. But you did it! I'd love to see a picture!

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  11. Thank you for this. I know it's been said many times. but seeing your photo of how your opened out the inner seam and then flattened it sideways...CLICK! I can now smoothly turn my pants, or second hand ones that are too short, into a great pencil skirt. ROCK on.

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    1. It was my pleasure! So glad it makes sense for you! :)

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