Simplistically Upcylced: Denim Skirt

Denim Trend Up-cycle distressed denim

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!
 
 
Sewing crafts up-cycle
 
denim skirt denim trend crafts
 
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.

sewing denim trend

I then used the fabric sheers to cut off the excess!
 

sewing denim

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.
 
sewing
 
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).
distressed denim
 
Close up of the ripped denim!
 
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 Front!


Back view!
 

 
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! :)
 
Steph xox


15 comments:

  1. Wow, you did a great job! I love the distressed look too. I'd love to try this out

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  2. This skirt looks awesome! I actually love seeing others wearing denim skirts but I don't imagine myself wearing because I don't think I'd look good on it haha you did a great job! Xx

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  3. Great job, Steph. The distressed look is just lovely x

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  4. Wow, I love the after, it's a beautiful skirt!

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  5. great skirt, love the idea :)
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  6. Such a cool idea!! :) great job

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    Xoxo Jessy

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  7. Oh my gosh! That skirt looks amazing! Great job! Love your blog ( :

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  8. I love it! :) http://coffeeatmidnight13.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. I loved how you restyled the skirt! Omg! I haven't worn a jean skirt in ages... I really want to wear one now. :D

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