For my next – and pretty big – DIY, I got inspired by Acne‘s Scully Denim skirt, ‘a short denim skirt modeled off a jean jacket’.
a denim jacket (preferably mens, I got a size M from H&M, it should be too big to wear as a skirt!)
a needle and thread
hemming tape and an iron
a sewing machine, with a needle for denim fabric (or mad hand sewing skills)
lots of patience and an extra pair of hands
1. Cut off the sleeves. Make sure you don’t cut directly next to the seams, you might need a little bit of that fabric later.
2. Decide how long you want the skirt to be – mine is 4 buttons long – and cut off the top part. Make sure to leave an extra few inches for a seam later in the process.
3. Cut the sides as closely next to the seam as you can, then pin to your size while ‘wearing’ the skirt.
4. Pin the top part of the skirt and make it ready to be seamed. The back should be a tiny bit longer than the front. Try on the skirt again before you start sewing.
5. Sew the sides first (I did this completely by hand, since my sewing machine can not handle 4 layers of denim), then hem the top of the skirt. I secretly used hemming tape, shhh.
6. Use a ripper to detach the collar and pockets from the fabric you cut off in step two. Cut the collar in half and close the parts by hand. Attach the collar to the bottom of the skirt and sew the pockets back on the skirt wherever you want (again, I did this by hand).
7. Perfect the fit of the skirt by sewing two darts on top in the back (tip: wear it inside out to pin the darts).