There is a lot to love about upcycling. First there is the obvious recycling benefit, which is also nice when you are working with a budget. Second is the creative aspect; it really is more exciting for me to figure out how to re-arrange my existing clothes than it is to buy a pattern and cut along the lines. The third, and perhaps most compelling reason, is that it usually takes a lot less work.
There, I said it. I love love love to sew. But it is really really cool when I don't have to sew in a zipper or finish every little last edge.
After my last upcycle, my closet was down one skirt. So... I rummaged through an old clothes bin to see what I could find that might want to be my newest skirt. And then I saw it, a pair of stretch cotton-blend trousers that are way too big for me.
I started by taking my seam ripper to the inseam and completely taking out that seam on both legs. Next, I matched the front seams to each other, and then the back seams together to make a skirt. There was some extra fabric, particularly on the back side, so I pressed the edges down to make a straight line from the top of the skirt to the bottom. I pinned these together and tried it on to determine the length.
I allowed an extra inch for seam allowance and cut off the bottoms of the legs. After trying it on again, I realized it was still way too big for me as a skirt, so I took it in on both sides. In case you were ever wondered, it turns out that a yellow crayon works great as a back-up fabric marker.
I sewed the back seam all the way down. When sewing the front seam I left about 6" open at the bottom. I pressed the edges down and sewed them both just as if I were hemming. Then I cut off any excess fabric on the insides.
I finished any unfinished edges at this point. Then, I pressed the hem at the bottom and sewed that down. The only other thing I did was remove the back pockets from the inside and stitch them closed. They always bothered me because they wouldn't lay flat and they bunched up inside.
I love my new skirt!!