Skip to main content

Jeans skirt

I always love reusing. Once in a magazine I learnt about making hand bag from jeans. Having an idea to do so, I was  collecting  jeans from  my husband and brothers....but for hand bags I should attach zipper. I hate those zippers. Once I added zipper to the crochet bag(Do you remember else click here.), it was really very difficult to me. Even while making dresses I will always go for other options than zippers. So no hand bags, then what shall I do with those pants( cannot throw it because the efforts I took to preserve them are very great....keeping them very safe so that my husband never have a chance to look them...he call them  'clutters' and always ready to throw away). At last I made a  skirt for my daughter.

The draft I used is very simple A line pattern but used panels.

Along with the jeans, the other material is cotton(remaining material after stitching my salwar).
Cut the panels, join them. you can use the wrong side of the jeans if the color is faded.

To add frills at the end, cut straps....

    join them....

 hem it along one side....

 make pleats and attach to the skirt or directly make pleats while joining it to the skirt. I have used rolled hem and box pleat.  

Join the sides. Attach waist band. The skirt is now ready.
Zipper is suitable for A line skirt, but I have used elastic.

Embellish the skirt as you wish.

 I did some hand embroidery and added beads to improve its look.
Embroidery details......

I am also making a top for this skirt, it will be the next post.

The link to the top is here

Linking this to

Popular posts from this blog

Banded yoke top/frock tutorial

The draft contains two part, the yoke and the body. It is open at back for easy in and out. It is easy to make. Any one who knows how to finish a neck line can make this top/frock. Here I have made a frock, to see how the top looks click here.

Take a basic draft for top.

Measure the shoulder, here it is 2.5 inches. Mark a band around the neck with the width 2.5 inches as shown in the picture. Cut the band, this is the yoke and the other part is the body. Preserve the body part we need it later.


FIGURE-A  (click to view larger) Fold the yoke as shown in the picture. Keep the yoke on fold(4 layers, this will result 2 yoke pieces). Mark it with 1/4 inch seam allowance. Cut it. This should result an oval as in the picture FIGURE-B (Click to view larger) Keep the pieces such that right sides faces each other and stitch along the outer edge as in the picture. After stitch the outer edge, the yoke band looks as in picture 2 Make  some  cuts along the outer edge. Turn the band to the …

This little tree is the Queen of the forest

This week  they are celebrating  children's day   in my daughter's school.  This tree costume is for the fancy dress competition . 
 In the top I have used two different shades of brown for the body and sleeve. I painted with fabric colors to make it look like the trunk of the tree.

Then I stitched the top. For the pant I managed with the brown color tracksuit.

The branches and leaves were not that much easy to make. I first made it with a thermocol.

In this I made a mistake, you can notice one side is very thin than the other. when I fix this in her face to check whether it fits, it break down. The thermocol is not very flexible.Then I made the other one with cardboard and chart paper. It will be easy to paint in the chart than the cardboard. So I pasted the chart over the cardboard.

 and painted with fabric colors, outlined it with black.

I also attached a cord behind it, so that it can be  tied  around the head and hands.

I am linking this to Artsy-Craftsy Jan-2011

Terracotta jewellery making and baking - Tutorial

On seeing the beauty of the terracotta jewellery sets on the net, I wished to make one. Making a set is  easy for me but baking process is something difficult. Many said to bake it in an oven or kiln, I don't have either.
 One lady in a television program said to bake it in microwave oven. Hey... I have a microwave.  So I made a jhumki  and pendant and  baked it in microwave... but it was a disaster, it busted. Then I keep on searching the net and finally got one tutorial.
This time I kept the designs very simple since I am not sure about the out come. I don't want to waste my efforts. But  it was a success. It really worked and I made my first terracotta jewellery set.
 Thanks for the person who shared this. I can not find that link now but the tutorial in this link also uses same technique. You can go here and check for the tutorial Edited: All details about making, baking and painting terracotta jewellery is here....…