Thursday, January 5, 2012

12-gore denim skirt

The other evening I drafted a pattern for a 12-gore skirt following the instructions found here.  The next day I cut gores from worn out pairs of jeans!  Now I have a gorgeous denim gored skirt.


I used 1 1/2-inch wide elastic in the waist and designed it to sit on my hips rather than my true waist.  I’m so short waisted that if I wore bottoms at my actual waist…well, it wouldn’t be pretty!  I plan to reuse some of the original belt loops so I can wear a belt with it…let’s just say that a toddler and an elastic-waist skirt are a recipe for disaster!



You can see a few places where I removed pockets before cutting my gores – adds character, don’t you think?  And a skirt without a pocket is simply ill-conceived, so I reused a pocket from one of Hubby’s pairs of jeans.  Now I can carry my cell phone when I run errands!

12 comments:

  1. I'm loving it! So cute!! And the pocket for the cell phone is great. Now to understand the instructions....lol

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  2. It looks great! What a clever reuse of jeans.

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  3. I love it...it's so fun with all of it's different jean colors!! Great idea for sure!

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  4. I love this skirt! Especially the fact that it has an elastic waist. At 59 my waist has grown and although dieting, this skirt will be able to be refitted for a smaller me. I'm converting all but 2 pairs of jeans to skirts because I like the feminine look.

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  5. The elastic waist is so comfortable! It's one of my favorite garments both because of how it looks and because of how it feels when I wear it. It was great even on the hottest days of summer and is wonderful in the cold with a pair of leggings or tights underneath! Best of luck with yours!

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  6. Stopping by from EOA link-up, and I love this idea! I'll have to try this. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. I hope you do try it! We're starting to collect worn out jeans again (kids are so hard on their clothes!) and I'm thinking of making one for my daughter next. :-)

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  7. I've almost lost an elastic waist garment due to toddler attack-ha! I like the pocket addition.

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  8. Hello. Thanks for the inspiration. I've just written a blog post about my own 12-gore denim skirt and linked back here for the idea - I hope you don't mind! http://the-urban-cottage.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/denim-skirt.html

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    1. I'm flattered that you linked to me! And what a wonderful job on your skirt!! I *heart* the pockets! :-)

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  9. I love this idea. I'm going to try to make some. I've made a couple jean skirts by splitting them up the middle and adding a triangle of jean fabric to the middle. I think the gored skirt looks better. I really like the boots and jean skirt look. Now I need to find some nice lace up boots to go with the skirts I'm making.

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  10. I went to the link for instructions and it makes no sense to me, but I'm going to try it. What is Hem sweep?

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