Thursday, July 17, 2014

DIY Cargo Skirt

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These pants are weird. They're too casual to be called slacks, and too dressy to look right with a t-shirt. They not blue, but they're not quite grey either. And to top it all off, they make my butt look awful (which I will not be sharing with the interwebs, thankyouverymuch). Since I bought them a couple years ago from the clearance rack at Target, I've worn them maybe half a dozen times.

Cargo Skirt - Before

As I was trying to decide how to improve them, all I could think was cargo pants. If only they had some extra pockets, then that murky blue-grey color would actually seem more appropriate. Obviously, I couldn't make matching pockets without losing some length, so I figured why not lose a lot of length? A cargo skirt would be perfect for summer!

The pants-to-skirt part was pretty much the same process I've done before with jeans. I began by trying them on and marking my skirt length with a safety pin. I then cut the legs off about 2 inches below the safety pin (for a nice, beefy hem later).

Cargo Skirt - In Progress

I picked out the inner seams.

Cargo Skirt - In Progress

Then I picked out the front seam up to the zipper and the back seam to the same height.

Cargo Skirt - In Progress

Next I sewed new front and back seams.

Cargo Skirt - In Progress

I top-stitched the new seams to match the old ones as best I could.

Cargo Skirt - In Progress

I folded up the bottom edge 1/2 inch, then again 1.5 inches for the beefy hem.

Cargo Skirt - In Progress

I decided to do two parallel lines of stitches to mimic the welted vertical seams.

Cargo Skirt - In Progress

With my skirt finished, it was time to make some pockets. From the leftover legs, I cut four squares about 5x5 inches (the fronts of the pockets), eight rectangles about 2.5x5 inches (the sides of the pockets), and four rectangles about 5x2.5 inches (the pocket flaps).

Cargo Skirt - In Progress

I paired off my pieces and sewed around the edges, leaving openings for turning them right-side-out.

Cargo Skirt - In Progress

Then (surprise!) I turned the right-side-out. I used the tip of my scissors to poke out the corners.

Cargo Skirt - In Progress

I top-stitched to close the openings on the top edge of the front and side panels, and along both sides and the bottom of the pocket flaps.

Cargo Skirt - In Progress

Each of the side panels got folded in half, and I sewed down the folded edge.

Cargo Skirt - In Progress

Then two side panels were sewn to each front panel.

Cargo Skirt - In Progress

And each set was attached to one side of the skirt.

Cargo Skirt - In Progress

One line of stitching across the bottom edge turned that pass-through into a pocket!

Cargo Skirt - In Progress

For the pocket flaps, I used the button hole feature on my sewing machine and then cut the little slip with my seam ripper.

Cargo Skirt - In Progress

I attached each flap with a line of stitching across the top edge.

Cargo Skirt - In Progress

Lastly, I sifted through my button stash for a couple buttons that matched the existing one on the waistband, and hand-stitched them onto the pockets.

Cargo Skirt - In Progress

I feel like, in its original state, these pants were trying so hard to be neutral that it just came across as boring. But now, I think it really does go with everything without risk of completely fading into the background.

Cargo Skirt - AfterCargo Skirt - After

Plus, the odd color makes a little more sense as a cargo skirt, to me at least.

Cargo Skirt - AfterCargo Skirt - After

Who needs a purse with pockets like these?

Cargo Skirt - After

Cargo Skirt - After



Cargo Skirt - After

13 comments:

  1. Cool Skirt!! I like how you created the roomy pocket by stitching on the fold of the side piece. Another winner!!

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    1. Yep, polka dots and skirts with pockets - the two greatest loves of my life. Oh, and my husband. Yeah, him too. ;)

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  2. Very, very, VERY cute! Those pockets are put together wonderfully! I may have to use that method soon. :o)

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    1. Please do! And let me know if I didn't explain myself clearly anywhere.

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  3. Your work is so fine, Carissa - it makes all the difference to the end product.

    Question - do you actually use the cargo pockets instead of a purse? I feel stupid saying it, but I never would have thought of doing that :)

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    1. All the time! I don't like to carry a purse if I'm just running to the grocery store or taking Laika to the dog park or such as that. Keys in one pocket, phone, wallet in the other, and I'm all set!

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    2. Really no different than side pockets, now that I think about it.

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  4. oh so nice! and you look so great in it! Love the white shirt combo!

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  5. A great refashion!!! Love how you've kept the pockets.

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  6. I am so late visiting everyone's posts... sorry!
    I really liked this refashion. It surely looks so much better on you now than it did before as their first life as pants. Great job (again!).

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    1. No problem! Thanks again for the opportunity to share with your readers!

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