Denim skirts are a massive trend for this summer and have been seen on the likes of Olivia Palermo and Alexa Chung. This is a trend that I felt would work well in minimalist wardrobe so I decided to get in on the denim game! However I feel like this might not be a trend that lasts many seasons as denim skirts do seem to go in and out of fashion quite a lot. Luckily because of that thrift shops are full of them so I decided to up-cycle an old one! Here I'll take you through the steps I did to make my skirt and hopefully it will inspire some of you to up cycle an old skirt instead of splashing out on a new one! :)
Below is all the things I used to create my skirt!
I wanted to make the skirt shorter so the first thing I did was measure and draw a line where I wanted the new hem to be.
I then used the fabric sheers to cut off the excess!
To stop the raw edge from fraying I used an over-locker to stitch the hem, a zig-zag stitch on a normal sewing machine would also work.
I finished the hem by folding it up 1cm and stitching into place.
The denim is slightly stretchy so I used a zig-zag stitch as it allows for stretch, where a straight stitch would snap.
The slit in the centre to the skirt needed to be made longer to allow for better movement so I cut the stitches to open it further.
The slit was pinned and sewn into a 'V' shape which I felt was more flattering on me than a straight slit.
I love the whole distressed denim look so I thought I would tick off two trends my giving the skirt the distressed look! I did this by rubbing the sandpaper over the skirt to wear away the top layers of fabric (this took a LONG time).
Close up of the ripped denim!
And there you have it! How I up-cycled an old skirt to meet the current trends! I will post a styling article very soon!
What do you think of the denim skirt trend? Will you try to up cycle an old one? Let me know! :)