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!