Conversions?

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Conversions?

Postby Southernskirt » Fri May 03, 2013 3:49 am

Hi There!

So, my skirt collection partly consists of lots of my own creations that I have converted from other garments. One of my favorite is to take blue denim jeans and make a few alterations to make a skirt slightly flared at the hem (my loose interpretation of an A-line). I love this skirt because I have all the belt loops and pockets already in place so much of the more intricate sewing is already done for me :) . I use this style in hiking, camping, and just about-town. I have also made this blue jean conversion into a straight skirt, a pleated skirt, and even a "hobble" style skirt with a narrowed hem around knee-length. My question is this, is there any interest at all out in forum-land in my posting pics and/or instructions on how to do this? Not saying it's the correct way to go about a conversion, just one that works for me. I wanted to check before I went to the trouble of documenting all of it, though I'll be glad to do so if there is anyone who would want to see how I do it.
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Re: Conversions?

Postby straightfairy » Sun May 05, 2013 7:29 am

I've done a small number of conversion and pics are within the section, as have other members.
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Re: Conversions?

Postby Sarongman » Sun May 05, 2013 11:02 pm

I would like to convert a bib and brace overall into a dress, but as I can source so many denim jean style skirts from so many sources (I'm wearing one now, which I'll go to town in later) the effort of remaking jeans seems, to me, superfluous.
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Re: Conversions?

Postby Jack Williams » Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:53 am

Am I on the wrong thread (?) but also converting: Silkbody special material mens crew top, and their womens swing skirt produced the most wonderful garment I have ever owned.
The thing about sewing items together is: are they the same size? Probably not.
However if of the same material of a stretchy nature, as here, not so hard, spreading out with fingers and less on one than other etc. Iuse the thread double, one quarter inch forward, 1/8th" back.
I'll see if there's a photo of me in just it.
These are still available.
The skirt is here:
http://www.silkbody.co.nz/woman/skirts/ ... t-s12.html
This be the top:
http://www.silkbody.co.nz/silkspun-shor ... n-s12.html
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Re: Conversions?

Postby dillon » Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:00 pm

Having lately lost a fair amount of my former girth, I am considering retiring a number of pairs of jeans and Carhartt dungarees, and would like to experiment with converting these into rugged skirts. Any details or advice would be most appreciated.
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Re: Conversions?

Postby pleated » Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:24 am

dillon wrote:Having lately lost a fair amount of my former girth, I am considering retiring a number of pairs of jeans and Carhartt dungarees, and would like to experiment with converting these into rugged skirts. Any details or advice would be most appreciated.

Welcome dillon.
There are a few threads here about converting various types of trousers. Try-
Converting Jeans to a Skirt
viewtopic.php?f=66&t=10899

converting a pair of combat trousers to a skirt
viewtopic.php?f=66&t=14636

Cargo trousers to skirt conversion.
viewtopic.php?f=66&t=12608
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Re: Conversions?

Postby dillon » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:57 pm

Last night I finally got around to converting a worn out pair of Red Camel brand jeans to a skirt. It wasn't great work, but will do, and restored a garment in need of mending to a form and purpose that I will enjoy, despite the somewhat problematic sewing. It will do fine for work around the farm and house. I've been out in the snow today in it (along with warm leggings, coat, gloves, and work boots) to bring in firewood and refill the woodbox. It hangs about center-knee on me, so roughly 21-22 inch length.
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Shirt Into Shirt-dress

Postby Grok » Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:04 am

Basing an (improvised) shirt-dress on a man's shirt. This is a work in progress as I post this. I am sewing by hand a strip of cloth to the bottom of a man's shirt.

Purchased at thrift stores:

1. A brick red flat sheet. You can get a cheap expanse of cloth that is larger than what can be found in fabric stores.

2. A short sleeved shirt, bright orange, sized for a man larger than myself.

I actually purchased the flat sheet for another project. Left over was a long strip of cloth, hemmed on one side.
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Shirt Into Shirt-dress

Postby Grok » Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:29 am

The shirt was several sizes larger than what I wear as a shirt. The extra large shirt had a straight bottom, and was long enough to cover my butt. The shirt was large enough to pull over my head while buttoned (which is how I plan to don the finished garment). When I started the conversion, I buttoned up the shirt; I then sewed from the lowest button on down, so I would have a stable area on which to sew the band of cloth; for the same reason I sewed shut a pair of slits on the bottom, one on each side.

I pinned the hemmed side of the cloth strip to the bottom of the shirt, the hemmed side being completely straight. I started sewing the strip on the left side of the shirt; here will be a vertical seam when I finish. This seam will be asymmetrical; I decided to put the seam on the side; I won't be sitting on it.

Note-the strip of cloth included a corner of the flat sheet, so not only is the bottom of the strip hemmed, but so is one end; this hemmed end is where I started sewing, so it will be the basis for the asymmetrical hem.
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