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Ain't Yo Momma's Jean Skirt - Beautiful Ombre Denim Twirl Skirt

A couple of weeks ago, I was introduced to the free PDF patterns on the Lekala Sewing Patterns website. Upon perusal, I came across this gem of a skirt:

 Swirls and twirls!!! I needed it in my life immediately.

 So, I embarked on my very first PDF pattern journey. The process of printing out this pattern was pretty simple since it is only 2 pattern pieces, and I traced it on to some end of roll newsprint paper to add the seam allowances. I was patting myself on the back the whole time and thinking that I was such a badass for conquering my fear of PDF patterns.

 Funny story, though....As I was putting together a wearable muslin out of some quilting cotton in my stash, I had gotten into such a blissful sewing groove that I forgot to fit the skirt until I was just about finished.

 D'Oh! When I finally tried it on, the waist was WAY TOO BIG! I mean, like, 4+ inches too big. Whoops. It turns out that my late-night internet surfing resulted in mixing up measurements and creating a PDF pattern for a MUCH, MUCH larger waist than I needed. Yikes.

 Measuring ensued, the pattern was marked up with my changes, and the muslin skirt was taken in as much as possible.  It is still too big for me, but I'm okay with letting this one go. It was just a practice skirt, after all.

The final product, on the other hand, came together like a dream. Well, a weird, crazy dream where you are on a train that follows tracks through space, or something... 

 You see, I don't buy denim yardage. I buy thrift store jeans, or use old, unworn jeans for my denim projects. What that means, is that I had to cut up four pair of jeans and sew them together in order to make panels that I could cut this pattern out of. I dealt with different denim colors, weights, and grains. Super loads of fun.

 In the end, though, recycling the denim meant that I could create a sort of ombre effect, which turned out beautifully on the finished skirt.

So fun, right!?!? The waist could come in a tad more, but everything else is perfect. I love that the denim creates a stiffer hem that feels like one of those bell gowns, and I could just twirl in this thing all day. I am excited to add this all-season, versatile skirt to my wardrobe this year.


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Comment by Angela L on September 18, 2016 at 10:45am

Thanks for the kind words, Karen!

There are seams in the panels, they're just not noticeable unless you are up close. And even then, the ombre effect kind of disguises them. I agree that denim is an underappreciated medium! I love to see what else I can make out of my old jeans. There may be a recycled denim motorcycle jacket in my future... ;)

Comment by Karen on September 18, 2016 at 6:12am
So how on earth did you get such big pieces without any seams? Or are there seams there? You did a terrific job. It is such a great fabric to wear I am sad to see so little made out of it apart from jeans and skirts with lumpy zips up the front. I had a wonderful wraparound denim dress back in the 90's (from the Grattan catalogue) which I wish I had hung onto now. Recycling rocks!

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