Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Refashion Runway Sew Along,
Bubble Hem Denim Maxi Skirt

Continuing with my better-late-than-never Refashion Runway Runway projects, here is my refashion for...

Week 2: Denim


I used the drawstring and elastic waisted skirt to the left, and the pair of jeans to the right.
Just ignore the pink dress I'm holding... I have another project planned for it and the dark wash jeans I'm wearing in the picture to the left. But that is another story.
This Pinterest pin was one I had been dying to do myself,
so I took this denim challenge as my opportunity.
{I made did this with a small pair of jeans and a skirt...I LOVE IT!! It turned out great!} -Des {INSPIRATION- no site link. I love the uneven cut of the jeans, creating the hankerchief/uneven hem on the skirt!} Skirt - Upcycled Jeans
Skirt and picture by bohemienneivy etsy shop
What I Did:
Cut the jeans off just below the back pockets and crotch.
Cut off part of the elastic waist of the skirt, removed the elastic and drawstring.
Sewed the skirt to the jean tops, putting an inverted box pleat at the front
Top stitched around
Sewed a bubble/balloon hem at the bottom to pull up the length so it was dragging on the floor
Sorry there are no pictures of the process, I just barreled my way through it.
So in its place, I'll just give you a close up picture of the gorgeous stitching on this skirt.



The inverted box pleat in the front makes this long maxi skirt sooo full and flowing, I love it!
It swishes all over when I walk... 

One of our kittens wanted in the picture, and who am I to say 'no' to that cutie.  

The 'bubble' or 'balloon' hem was created by folding the existing hem up a few inches
and sewing it down along the top, leaving the extra length to hang.

This is now one of my favorite skirts!
So comfortable, long and flowing...I feel as if I'm floating about.
This was the first time I have sewn on denim, I was pleased that it wasn't as hard as I had anticipated it might be.
This is a prime example of what refashioning can do...from a pair of too small jeans and a skirt that I wore once, I have created a beautiful piece that is about to get worn out ...in more than one sense of the word!
It was barely off the machine, when it had its first outing to see Man of Steel in theatres.
Talk about floating...Superman can sweep me off my feet anytime.

In my next post you will get to see how I interpreted the next challenge...week 3: Copycat!
I'm pretty excited about this next one, check back in a couple of days!


  1. Love it! I love the color of the skirt.... Can I have one??? ;) Nice way to recycle a good pair of jeans! I made one like this, but it didn't quite turn out as cute... I made a broomstick style skirt and then attached it to the cut off jeans. Not sure what I did wrong, but all my brothers informed me that it was very weird looking. ;) lol!

    1. Sorry, it was a Goodwill find. But if it helps, it was made in India, and I would *love* to go over there and get you one, if you don't mind paying my travel expenses. ;P Funny, my brothers told me this looked 'odd' too- they said it looked as if my skirt was falling down! I hope that sentiment is limited to them!

  2. Yay! Too cute! Def want to try this out myself now....very, very fun.

    You have sure encouraged me to not just "pass up" on something because it is "almost" right but not quite. Now I am stretched to think of just re-doing it!
    You have a wonderful wardrobe that is now uniquely yours and you didn't pay out the waw-zoo for it!!

    1. Thank you, PrincessR!
      I am SO excited that my refashions have sparked a different approach to how you look at clothing! I have had a lot of fun with it myself, I love when other people can do the same. It makes it so much more enjoyable to shop, you are only as limited as your creativity.

  3. Fabulous! I have the same skirt with the lace pinned and it's on my to-do list. Your's turned out beautifully and you have inspired me to get mine done :)


    1. Exciting! You will have to post it on your blog, I would love to see it! There are so many possibilities with this idea, they can each look so unique.

  4. I always love your sewing creations :)
    I love how you match the all outfit and earrings.

    Anyway, thank you so much tha you leave such beautiful comments. It brighten my days.


    1. Thank you, sweet Delvalina! Your blog has been blessing me, so it makes me happy that I can do the same. :) I had fun putting this outfit together, those are some of my favorite earrings.



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