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  Great way to solve that too-low rise problem--turn your jeans into a skirt! Easy tutorial for a fitted pencil skirt you'll wear all the time.

Everyone has a denim skirt it seems, so when I finally had had it with a particular pair of jeans, I knew I needed to make myself one. They looked good on me, but the rise was just too low for me to be comfortable in. You know–the bend over and show the world more than they want to see problem…

I knew I wanted to do something with them, but I couldn’t turn them into shorts or capris because that wouldn’t solve the rise problem. So last summer I cut into them and made them into a denim skirt! I pretty much followed my Panelist Skirt Tutorial, but with a couple of tweaks. Here’s what I did!

  1. Instead of using the seam ripper to open the inside seam, I cut close to the seam so it would become part of the skirt front. Cut as close as you can without cutting into the seam.
  2. Follow the tutorial until you’ve finished the back of your skirt. It should look like this:Low-rise Jeans to Denim Skirt | Mabey She Made It | #sewing #refashion #jeanskirt
  3. For the front, lay out your skirt so it lays flat. Pin the crotch piece flat, then position a pant leg piece to fill in the gap. Pin it in place.
  4. Sew the crotch piece and extra panel to your skirt, following the existing seam. If your sewing machine doesn’t want to go through all that denim, just sew as close as you can to the seam.
  5. Decide whether you want the bottom to fray. I chose not to hem because I had all the existing seams on the rest of the skirt, and I wouldn’t be able to match my hem stitching with the rest of the skirt. I did, however, zigzag the bottom so it wouldn’t get too frayed.

Once I washed it a couple of times, there was some minimal fraying along the front where I cut the pant legs open, but a little trim solved the problem since I’d cut so close to the existing seam. Now it doesn’t fray at all, and I have the original seams that make it look a little more professional.

Low-rise Jeans to Denim Skirt | Mabey She Made It | #sewing #refashion #jeanskirt

It’s slim, comfortable, and best of all, I didn’t have to get rid of the jeans I loved so much. I pretty much lived in this skirt last summer, and I might again once Miss Mabey comes…

Low-rise Jeans to Denim Skirt | Mabey She Made It | #sewing #refashion #jeanskirt

Ta Da! A pants to skirt refashion that solves the rise issue!

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11 Comments on Low-rise Pants to Skirt Refashion

  1. Natalie Mitts
    Friday, May 16, 2014 at 6:42 PM (3 years ago)

    I love this! I was looking for this exact skirt tutorial on pinterest a few weeks ago. I’m so glad I found you! It looks great and I’m definitely pinning this for later. I found you via the Link Party Palooza. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Lisa
      Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 8:11 AM (3 years ago)

      Yea! I’m glad you found me, Natalie! A month ago, my blog was wiped out, so that may have been why it was hard to find. I’m glad it’s back up though and that you can find it again when you need it! Thanks for pinning!

      Reply
  2. Elizabeth
    Friday, May 16, 2014 at 11:19 PM (3 years ago)

    Thanks for a fun and useful post! I do have some old jeans that I could turn into this. It is great! Thank you! Now, perhaps, I cam make this happen at my house.

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    • Lisa
      Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 7:44 AM (3 years ago)

      You’re welcome, Elizabeth–I hope you do! I”m glad you like it!

      Reply
  3. Marti
    Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM (3 years ago)

    I LOVE this idea! What a great way to re-use a pair of jeans. Your skirt turned out so cute!! Thank you for sharing it with us! I’m pinning it to the party board. :)

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    • Lisa
      Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 2:54 PM (3 years ago)

      Thank you! I love pins and hope it’s useful to others. :)

      Reply
  4. Wen
    Monday, May 26, 2014 at 8:17 PM (3 years ago)

    Ohhh, thanks for this … I was just thinking about turning a pair of my dagghter’s old jeans into a skirt, seeing as the waist still fits! I will be giving this a go!

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    • Lisa
      Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 1:03 PM (3 years ago)

      Awesome, Wen! I’m glad you found a solution! I really didn’t want to get rid of my jeans since they still looked good, and I’ve never regretted this refashion!

      Reply
  5. Francine from Callaloo Soup
    Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 5:07 AM (3 years ago)

    This is great! I have a couple pairs of jeans I can use for this. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Lisa
      Friday, June 6, 2014 at 8:37 AM (3 years ago)

      Perfect! I’d love to see what you create.

      Reply
  6. Erika
    Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 9:15 PM (3 years ago)

    I was just wondering (if you CAN say), what brand jeans you used for this post?

    Reply

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