April 24

Adding Padding to a Stool

Snap-on Stool
Snap-on Stool Top


The padding on this stool was minimal, so I added 2″ of high density foam, along with a bit of extra 1″  foam along the metal edge to smooth the overall look, then covered it with leather from a re-purposed leather jacket.

New padding
2″ High Density Foam with Leather Top


Finished Stool Top
Finished Stool Top
Finished Stool
Finished Stool
March 28

Revamping a Peasant Style Jean Skirt

This skirt was a favourite of our youngest daughter the moment she got it, and it showed in the wear! She was able to wear it longer than typical because it has inner adjustable elastic in the waistband, but the lightweight bottom fabric finally disintegrated.

Just Plumb Worn Out With Love
Just Plumb Worn Out With Love

Since the Jean yoke was still in great shape, and she could still fit into it for several months, I decided to give it a facelift. First, I removed the bottom.

Peasant Skirt Bottom Removed
Peasant Skirt Bottom Removed

Then I made  new lining using measurements from the original skirt. I did make the mistake of not cutting the top and bottom in a curve though. Simple process, but I forgot at the time. I will make another post on changing a straight skirt into an A-Line, or flared skirt soon.

Sew the side seams of the lining together and set aside.

Taking mesurements from the original skirt, cut out a new lining.
Skirt Lining
Taking mesurements from the original skirt, cut out a new lining.

I did forget to take pics of the peasant skirt cutting and assembly, but it is very simple:

1. Determine the overall length of the skirt.

2. Decide how many layers you want and split the overall length by the number of layers. Add seam allowances to the top and bottom of each piece, and a hem allowance for the bottom piece.

3. Cut lengths of fabric 1.5 to 3 times the width of the bottom of yoke. I usually cut twice as much as needed.

4. Making the front and back separate, and using your preferred method of gathering, gather the lengths the desired amount to fit the yoke or lining, plus seam allowances. Build the skirt one layer at a time, then once the front/back is done, attach the side seams.

5. Attach peasant skirt bottom to lining, then attach to skirt with preferred method.

This final assembly of this skirt was just top-stitched from the outside to keep the fluffy Jean unfinished hem of the yoke, but could easily have been attached right sides together, then top stitched for a less casual look. As long as the little darling is happy, which she is!

Finished Skirt
Finished Skirt

July 2013

March 26

Converting Jeans/Pants to Skirts

For those of us with limited time (which is most of us), here’s a very practical & easy way to make skirts in a jiffy. Simply use a pair of jeans or pants that fit at the waist & cut them off about a 1/2″ below where the crotch line starts to curve. This allows for a 1/2″ seam allowance. You now have a ready made yoke to add any skirt bottom you choose.

I have some other convert candidates on my sewing bench that I can’t wait to tackle, but it will have to wait till I’m out of the hospital reccuping from a tonsilectomy, and a month or so as I wrap my head around home schooling for the year. When I do them I will put up a full fledge tutorial.

This one was simply a front and back panel, hemmed at the bottom, gathered to fit at the top, and stitched with a 1/2″ seam, then top stitched to keep the seam flat.

After I had done this myself, I was given this link where the lady actually used the cut off pant legs to create ruffles. I’d say it turned out very cute too as well.

More examples

Really, how you add the skirt is up to your imagination! A-line, ruffle, 1/2 circle for huge flair, or simply gathered or pleated. Have fun!