Make a Snow Skirt From an Old Jacket

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For cold weather fashion, so much attention is paid to jackets and hats. But if you like wearing skirts all year-round, you can transform an old jacket into a cute winter snow skirt. Not only will you look great in it, but it will also keep your buns warm.



Things You’ll Need

  • Seam ripper
  • Measuring tape
  • Washable marking pen
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine with a 90/14 needle
  • Coordinating thread
  • 1 1/2 inch elastic (enough to fit around your waist minus 2 inches; choose a nice-looking elastic as it will be visible on the outside of the skirt)


Choose a long jacket that fits well in the hips. The skirt could be made with the right side of the jacket, or, if the inside is interesting, you might want to use the lining for the new right side of the skirt.


This jacket has side zippers, which add a nice detail, but don’t worry if the jacket you are using doesn’t have side zippers. They aren’t required.


Remove the front zipper with a seam ripper. You can save the zipper for a future project.


Have a friend help you hold the end of a measuring tape at your waist while you stand up straight to determine the desired length of your new skirt. Add 1/2 inch, and mark this measurement with a washable marking pen, from the the bottom all across the jacket.


Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut along the marked line.


Turn the jacket inside out if you are using the lining for the new right side of the skirt.


Close the zipper openings by first sewing the layers together along the former stitching line on each edge.


Then overlap the the bottom layers of the former zipper opening and pin.


Sew this edge together using a medium stitch length and a 90/14 needle. Remove the pins as you sew. This side will become the back of your skirt.


Sew the layers of the top of the skirt together 1/2 inch in from the raw edge. Mark the center front and the center back of the skirt with a washable marker.


Cut a piece of 1 1/2-inch elastic that is your waist measurement minus 2 inches.


Fold the elastic in half and mark the center fold. Fold the elastic in half again and mark the quarter folds.


Overlap the ends of the elastic 1/4 inch. Use a zigzag stitch to sew the ends of the elastic together. This will become the center back of the waistband.


Match the center mark on the elastic to the center mark on the front of the skirt. Overlap 1/2 inch of the wrong side of the elastic over 1/2 inch of the right side of the skirt. Pin the center marks. Match the quarter marks on the elastic to the side seams on the skirt and pin. Match the center back of the elastic to the center back of the skirt and pin.


Use a zigzag stitch, and stretch the elastic slightly while you sew the elastic to the top of the skirt.


Pair your new snow skirt with tights and stay warm!


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