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Repurposing My First Ginger Jeans into a Skirt + More Lark Tees!

Hey, y’all! It’s been a while. How has 2021 been treating you? I was on a mini sewing kick for a while in the spring, but alas, life events and natural disasters got in the way, so there hasn’t been and won’t be much sewing going on until I find a less temporary place to settle. But the good news is, I still have things to share, even though they are from 2020 and currently seasonally inappropriate. So, let’s get to the good part!

Remember back in the day when I was STOKED about making my first ever pair of Ginger Jeans? I was pretty excited about how these high-rise, skinny jeans came out, if you couldn’t tell:

As expected, these got a lot of wear. They weren’t perfect, but I MADE JEANS, dangit! I was in love! Until I made my second pair of Gingers…

…and then I had a new obsession! Like most sewing projects the second time around, the fit was better. These instantly became my go-to jeans and poor Gingers #1 were only brought out to wear when I was feeling guilty about abandoning them.

So – fast forward to super fun pandemic lockdown times where I was feeling guilty about both NOT wearing Gingers #1 and NOT sewing as much as I used to. I wasn’t ready for a huge project, so I decided to revamp my Gingers into a jean skirt since I didn’t already have one in my wardrobe. I used Mimi G’s tutorial, found here, on how to convert jeans into a jean skirt. (Spoiler alert: It’s SEW easy!)

Check out how they came out! I’ll grace your screen with my usual 360-degree booty shot first. You’re welcome.

I am so, SO happy I can wear Gingers #1 comfortably and proudly again! Here they are with a striped Grainline Studio Lark Tee I made with fabric from my stash. Excuse the face – I swear I am more happy about these than it lets on, lol.

If there is one thing I would critique about this jean skirt, it’s the random “duck tail” the back hem creates. It’s not too noticeable in the pictures, but it I were to stand with both legs straight, it juts out. I think it may have to do with how thick the fabric and hem get in that area because of where the triangle is situated…? Maybe? Or maybe duck butts are normal for jean skirts. Yeah, I’ll go with that.

I love how my striped Lark Tee goes with everything. I bought the fabric from SAS Fabrics in Tucson (RIP) years ago. I had enough to make another top!

This is also the Lark Tee, but the long-sleeved, boat-neck version. I have very few long-sleeved tees in my wardrobe, so I’m glad I could bust one out. The only issue I have with this one is the neckline. If I don’t have good posture, it buckles like this:

Does anyone else have this issue with their boat-neck Larks? Is this just a boat-neck thing? Oh, well. I still give this pattern a thumbs-up!

So tell me – have you revamped an old favorite pair of jeans to get more wear? I’m tempted to do this to all of my jeans that don’t fit as well, but I don’t think I need 5 more jean skirts!

-RED

6 thoughts on “Repurposing My First Ginger Jeans into a Skirt + More Lark Tees!

  1. Love your Lark Tee! It’s been a while since I have sewn one and want more. I learned from elouisesews on Instagram to add a fabric facing to the Lark Tee boat-neck neckline. It keeps it from stretching out and lies a bit nicer. She cut a 2 inch facing from the neckline of the pattern pieces, attached them as you usually would, and topstitched an inch from the neckline. Hope this helps.

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  2. That looks really cool! It is getting cold here in Nanto but I am a big fan of flowy skirts lately because of the fit and comfort. A lot of my clothes are too tight right now too >.< stupid corona!! Anyways, I hope you can get back to sewing soon 🙂

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    1. Hey Jayme! It’s so good to hear from you! I have plans for some flowy skirts whenever I can settle down with sewing again. I’ve been watching some “Day in the Life” YouTube videos from women in Japan and I love their winter style of long flowy skirts with plushy sweaters. I’m with you on that corona weight, so I have been reaching for my comfier, bigger clothes, lol! I miss you so much and stay warm this winter!

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  3. Not be all ‘dat ass’, buuut…das ass. Seriously, that skirt fits and flatters. I’m hoping to turn some pants into a skirt soon, so thanks for the link!

    I never know what to do about necklines, especially on knits. 🤷

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    1. LOL thanks! Good luck on your pants-to-skirt repurposing. It’s the easiest thing and you’ll want to convert ALL of your pants into skirts (I know I did).

      I figured for knit necklines, you could either sew a band or just tuck and sew. But another commenter noted that you can sew a small facing to keep it from bunching and flipping. I never thought of that for knits and I definitely want to try that for my next boatneck Lark! ^_^

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