Pants Minus Shorts Equals Skirt

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Pants Minus Shorts Equals Skirt

What do you do with the extra fabric when you turn pants into shorts? Skirt!

About a year ago I picked these pants up at a thrift store for -- I kid you not -- 50 cents.

Pants Minus Shorts Equals Skirt

It turns out they are just a few inches too long for me, but because of the ruching on the sides, they were not easy to re-hem, so they sat in the back of the closet for a while. I thought about taking them in at the knee to bring that bottom hem up, but the end, the heatwave decided me. Time to make some comfy shorts!

Pants Minus Shorts Equals Skirt

And even though I made them nice and long (unfashionably long? I haven't been paying attention. Momdom will do that to you; well to ME anyway.), I was still left with two good sized pieces of fabric with some fancy ruching on them. Shame to waste it!

Pants Minus Shorts Equals Skirt

So I made it into a really quick skirt:

Pants Minus Shorts Equals Skirt

A little TOO quick, really. I should have taken my time and made a belt casing, maybe even a zipper. But, see above, "heatwave", so I just sewed a piece of thick elastic right to the top. And then repented of not having put in any darts and added them after the fact, right over the elastic. D'oh.

Pants Minus Shorts Equals Skirt

So there you go Pants - 2 summer bottoms for 50 cents. Sweet. Thrifting Plus Sewing makes for a truly lovely one-two punch. Now I lucked out because these pants were fairly wide-legged. Different pair of pants and it might have had to been a skirt for my daughter. But something to think about next time you are in the mood for some radical pants alterations. You could even intentionally buy some over-sized pants to make a skirt with.

- Victoria, 2012-07-31

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