Make a skirt from pant legs
Pants Leg cut/Style
After you cut long pants into shorts and you’ve completed the project, what do you do with the legs? You have a number of options; I’m offering one that will keep your summer style going. Any type of pants will do; when I say “type” I’m referring to fabrics. Type of another kind: the cut or style of your pants, will have more bearing on the kind of skirt you will be able to make and whether or not you will need additional fabric.
Trouser Cut Pants
The pants I used to make the skirt above were cut trouser-style and was made of an embossed stable knit.
Generally, trousers are cut to fit the widest part of the hips and the side seams hang straight down without narrowing or flare.
I’d made them for a while and never wore them. So, they were in the market for recycling.
The diagram above right shows an outline of its style and the point at which I cut off the legs.
If your pants look like the image above, you’ll likely be able to get a skirt for yourself -without needing additional fabric.
See the diagram above for instructions of how to make the skirt.
Click the link at the bottom of the page for added instructions.
Wide Leg or palazzo Pants
Below at right is a photo and a line drawing of wide leg pants. If you have a similar looking pair, you can turn them into elegant shorts and you’re still be able to get a skirt from the legs. The width of both legs stitched together is guaranteed to exceed your hip measurements. It also offers more styling options.
Some design elements you’d be able to contemplate are gathers, tucks and pleats. Or you might want to stick to the original design; in which case, you’ll need to cut off some inches along the side and/or centre seams.
Wide leg pants are made in a variety of styles and fabrics for daytime and evening. If your palazzos are evening pants, consider adapting the skirt style to suit your fabric.
making skirt from pant legs wider
If you are making a skirt for yourself, tapered leg pants like the plaid pair below will require additional fabric. It is a perfect opportunity to come up with a new design.
Ideas and trim
Some ideas include inserting contrasting strips of fabric between all four seams.
Lace, leather, ribbon, braided and embroidered trims are common alternatives.
To calculate the width of the trim required, divide finished skirt hip measurements by 4 plus seam allowance. Make it easy by using the original size seam allowance of your pants.
Your skirt length times 4 including hem will be the amount of trim you’ll need.
Another option is to keep the original design and make a skirt for a child, a toddler, or someone with narrower hips than the original wearer.
Bell bottom/flared leg pants
Pants that are bell shaped are those with flared hemlines. The point at which the flare begins is decided during the design process and it will have bearing on the amount of fabric available to you.
Three common starting points for flared leg pants are above the knee; at the knee and below the knee. Flares that start above the knee will supply the most fabric from any cutting point; below the knee will furnish the least; while at the knee falls in between.
Flared Leg Pants in Stretch Knit fabrics
Above: Far left, the extreme bell shape pants are made of rib knit material and the flare starts at the knee. This type of knit is able to stretch to stretch twice its size. In the garment industry, much of it is used for banding around necklines, collars and cuffs.
Different styling Options
Flared leg knit pants as the pair in the photo above offer an easy option to omit the front zipper and insert an elasticized waist. However, if you are bent on a zipper front, you’ll need to interface the folded edges of the seam allowance where the zip will be inserted.
Flared leg pants in woven fabrics
Unless they are cut on the bias, woven flared legs pants will offer no significant stretch. Consequently, if you are making a skirt for yourself, you will need additional fabric.
Additional instructions and construction overview available here.
Now that you have some insight on what you can do with the type of pants you have, why not try a pants to skirt refashion. It’s convenient and practically free. Come on; give yourself a two for one deal.
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