Reloved: from pants to high-waisted skirt

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I picked up these former pirate-pants-culottes-what-the-heck-are-they-even? pants at a Relove Movement event the other month. I probably didn’t need them, but for some reason I gravitated to them. The lightweight cotton fabric would be perfect for summer coming up.

Except that they weren’t quite right. The legs were cut asymmetrically so they fell longer in the middle and the fabric bunched when I walked. I put them in my ‘to fix’ bucket to think about.

Maybe I could level off the legs, or cut them much shorter into, you know, shorts. Then I had the idea that the pants would make an excellent high waisted skirt. Probably since when I hung them up to take a look, they already looked like a skirt. The elastic waist could sit just under my chest, with plenty of length. I ripped out the seams on the inside pant legs myself to prototype – looked good. Now I needed to sew them back up the front and back to avoid flashing anyone.

I don’t have a sewing machine, so I took them to the tailor I often use, who charged my $18 to straighten out the lines and sew them up.If the cost sounds high, consider that it includes tax and Australian labour costs are high compared to North America. I like supporting small service businesses. They have skills we need to use or lose access to.

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I am perfectly happy with how this turned out. I can tie a shirt up, or pull the skirt over the  top. The asymmetry, which I didn’t like before now enhances the flowing lines of the skirt. The length makes it easy to do a beachside bikini change, and thanks to the pattern, you’d never notice the seam running down the centre of the skirt.

Consider it reloved.

3 thoughts on “Reloved: from pants to high-waisted skirt

  1. Yay, Liz! I’m sure you’ll get a lot of wear out of this now. I love your ‘to fix’ basket, we need one around here! Cheers, Sally at One Family, One Planet blog

    1. There is something about having it at hand that helps me stay on track. I chuck shirts in there when they get holes and then I can mend when I’ve got a few minutes or before bed.

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