Perhaps this has happened to you.
Your mom gives you some clothes and tells you to use them or give them away or whatever you want.
In the pile are a pair of Bill Blass peach colored jeans. And while they are tight around the waist, they are loose in the legs. I am not sure if this how all Bill Blass clothes fit.
There is a part of me thinking there is no way I am going to wear these pants while another part is thinking this color is really in style and I need a new skirt or two.
So I make plans to convert it from pants to a skirt which will be easier now that I have a new Husquverna-Viking sewing machine. After watching a wiki video, I feel ready to try it but I really need a practice run.
That is when I discover a pair of jeans that my daughter has stretched beyond repair in the rear seam area. Perfect.
First things first, I cut off the lower 12 inches of pant leg.
Then with my favorite tool, the seam ripper, I open up the inside pant seams and seams leading up to the zipper and back yoke. This is the longest task of the project.
Next up is pinning the back seam and sewing it down. The trick here is to make a straight seam out of extra fabric. If I had to do this part again, I would have laid the pieces flat and drawn a straight line to sew on.
After getting the front seam done, I cut off the extra fabric and use one of my serge stitches on the outside ends before ironing the seam to one side.
Now I make one final mark for the desired length of the hem. My daughter wants this to be above her knees and I want it below the thighs. We find a good compromise so a quick roll through with my rotary cutter gets the right length.
I stitch to a different serger stitch on the hem to prevent future unraveling, turn up the hem and sew it down.
Ba-Bam! The girl has a new skirt and we do not have to throw away her favorite jeans.
Now all I need is peach-colored thread.
What are you sewing this summer?