It all started with my decision to declutter my life. This is not a new thing, every couple of years or so I realize I own too many things. Clutter and I don’t jive.
On the other hand, I loathe to throw out perfectly good things, or, in this particular case, a few pairs of jeans that were no longer fit for public outings. For some reason, I always find it really hard to let go of my ripped up jeans. T-shirts, pullovers, even jackets don’t cause me this kind trepidation. Maybe it’s because I practically live in jeans, and despite heavy usage, they’ve been with me for years. As a matter of fact, two of the three jeans I cut up for this skirt I have brought with me from Germany, in a move that was one station wagon full of stuff.
So, yeah, they were kinda special to me.
However, they were past their due date, they were taking up space in my wardrobe and something had to happen. So the chevron jeans skirt idea was born. After searching (half-heartedly, I will admit) for a pattern that looked somehow like what I had in mind, and not finding anything, I decided to wing it. What can go wrong, huh?
So I started by cutting off the legs of my jeans. After I’d cut them up, I decided to keep and harvest the zippers. Actually, I thought I might use one for the skirt, but that was not to be (to be fair, only because I couldn’t face spending an hour to free one of them from their fabric). I contemplated keeping the back pockets, too, but for the life of me couldn’t come up with a good use for them, so I threw them out.
I then removed the seams, and measured. It appeared that I would be able to cut 4 chevrons from each half leg. To accommodate that, I cut the legs in half again, so each jeans would provide me 8 pieces of fabric to be cut up further.
Actually, I left one of them as is, because I figured I could use that for the waistband. Smart, huh?
This is what I had when I was done deconstructing my jeans. Each of these would provide 2 chevrons, which would give me something around 44 chevrons (considering I had kept one half leg intact).
To cut the actual chevrons, I used a paper pattern and a ruler, and cut them on my self-healing mat with my rotary cutter (which, in case I haven’t stressed it enough before, I JUST LOVE.) To speed things up a bit, I folded each piece of fabric in half. That would also guarantee that I’d cut one chevron and one mirror image at the same time, which was necessary for the later alignment.
A couple of hours later I had this:
A pile of neat chevrons, waiting to be put together. My
rough guess careful calculations indicated I’d need 9 strips pro panel.
So I laid them out, and then shuffled them around a bit to make sure that the different colours and level of distress were evenly distributed. That left me with this:
All of this took roughly 3 hours, maybe a bit more or less, I didn’t keep track of the time. At this point, all preparation was done and the actual sewing could begin.
Which I’ll tell you about in my next post, as this one is rather long already! If you’ve made it to here, please do tell – do you have the same hoarding issues when it comes to your favorite jeans? What do YOU do with them?