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Denim skirt – Thinking ‘Outside the box’


I had a piece of colourful denim fabric in my stash and wanted to do something different, make it stand out from the crowd! Time to think ‘outside the box’

Being inspired by the current trend of ‘asymnetrical’ I redrew a favourite skirt pattern to incorporate a band/panel across the hip at the back and down to the centre front.

So, I now needed to find a piece of fabric for the bands that would compliment/contrast with the colours in the denim. If you have ever tried to find a fabric with the same colours then you will know just how difficult that can be.

I started with a piece of silk twill fabric that has a ‘zig zag’ design. I selected a couple of machine embroidery threads the same colours that are in the denim fabric and had a play with the embroidery stitches on my machine. You know the ones – we have them on our new modern machines but rarely use. After a little play around with a scrap of the silk backed onto a lightweight wool I came up with a simple design by just stitching along the design lines using the saddle stitch. Using the lightweight wool as a backing gave additional weight and body to the piece, now a similar weight to the denim.

I stitched sufficient lengths for the panels and then cut them to the pattern pieces later.

To finish, I top stitched around the inserted panels using a twin needle with the 2 different colours of machine threads.

The skirt is also lined with silk, to add body and for ease of wearability.




Waste not, Want not – My new Bag

I had a pair of jeans that had shrunk in the length but as they were a good fit otherwise I decided to shorten them to make them into a ‘capri’ length. It was a great success and I have worn them quite a lot in the recent warm weather!

The Leftovers

However the 2 ‘legs’ I had cut off were lying around waiting for me to either throw them out or do something with them. I have also just purchased a Betty Boop embroidery design from the internet and was wondering what to do with that too. So I thought I would try out the design and used one of the ‘legs’ from the jeans. The design is so big that it took over an hour to stitch out, I was quite thrilled with the result but then thought ‘what can I do with it now?’ I went to bed that night and contemplated it!



The result of my contemplation was to make a bag using the ‘legs’ and a contrasting fabric for the lining etc.

This is the result…………

Betty Boop Bag Bboop2