How to Cut Jeans to Make a Skirt

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You can cut jeans in order to convert it to a jean skirt to further accessorize your looks. Make a skirt on the cheap with help from a fashion expert in this free video.

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Well, hey there again! It's your girl, P.W., giving you the know-how on the fashion how-to. And today, we're going to talk about, how do you turn your jeans into a skirt? I know that seems so old school, but there are so many people that really want to do it. So, let me show you how to get it done. Well, as you guys already know, I'm a designer, so I have all kinds of fun tools. But, if you don't have this quick rotary cutter that kind of helps with any situation, we can get some regular scissors, and we want to cut across. We want to determine how far down we want this skirt. And, yes, we use some old jeans, because we do not want to do this to our great gray jeans. So, we want to cut straight across. Now, if you're not a pro, you guys will want to measure and all that. I can see length with my eyes, and width. But, if you're not that familiar, what you want to do is get your measuring tape, and see where it's at. Alright, we want to open up these seams. Okay, now, this part is very important. You still want this piece. This piece has the double fabric. You want that. So, don't cut it this way, cut it this way right under that seam. We want to get in there, and once we get that part going, we want to rip. Rip it all the way up, then cut our bottom. You see this? This is our serge line, this is what it's called, the serge line. And, we want that on that side. So, we want to rip up, we want to snip in, and we want to rip up. Okay, let's do our other side. Watch that serge line, remember? We talked about that. Bring them up, bring it up, bring it up! Okay, now, when you get to the crotch, you want to cut straight on the seam. You see where that pink, those stitches are? Cut. Okay, now you have something that looks like this. And, this is what most people do that kills me, they just, you know, they just start doing whatever. But, what you really want to do is go back and take the leg of that jean you just bought, okay? Snip it off. And, remember, we already talked about how to sew on a patch. It's the same thing. It's just like we're sewing on a patch. Cut it down, cut down the side seam. Stay with me. You see, and these are not, these things don't take forever to do, okay? And, you want to cut it again. You see I'm being very mindful of seams here. Don't just cut all over the place, because you might want to do something decorative. With your seams. My seam is at the bottom, and this is what I want to do. I want to get funky with this. I want to lay this down, I want to pin it. Be careful using your pins, you really want to take your time and pin it. And, you want to pin in the direction you'll be sewing. So, we know our stitches are going to be going vertically, so we want to pin horizontally. So, what you want to do is just keep your stitches consecutive. You want to just keep going throughout. You want to prick it in, and bring it back up. And, it does get a little tough when your hand sewing with denim, because the fabrication is really, really thick. But, don't be discouraged. You just go in, and around, and it's really not that bad, you see? In, bring it up, in, bring it up. So, that's what you're going to have. Boom, boom, and then you're going to go up for each one. You see that? And, you're going to take it at the bottom, you're going to do your hem as such, and you're going to do your godet. Now, if you do not have the patience for this, or you don't have a sewing machine, or you're not that creative, that's fine. You can do it, like, the easy bake way, that's what I say. You can get yourself some blind hem tape, and call it a day. You put this inside, and it keeps hems all day. You put it inside, you take your iron, you go back across, steam, steam, steam, that's a easy hem, or a easy way to cover up anything. So, you could be totally lazy, or you can be Suzie baker, either one you want. So, I hope I taught you something about how to turn a pair of denim pants into a cute little denim skirt. Thank you so much. It's your girl, P.W., signing off on the how-to.


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