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DIY Refashion - Skirt to slouchy shorts!


Yay! I finally got the hand sewing done.  My original piece of clothing was an elasticated circle skirt with a row of buttons going down the front. It's been with me since forever and I love the print but it was time for a change.  I was thinking of using it as lining but that would be a waste, wouldn't it?  The good thing about this refashion was I didn't have to measure out my waste  waist, there was no need to tuck in any fabric and no need for zips!! Woo hoo!

The original skirt.
I folded the skirt into half. 

Used a pair of shorts as a template. Fold that and place on skirt.
The top of the shorts matched the elasticated part of the skirt.
Pin, mark and cut. Allow 1cm for seam allowance.

Cutting along the outline!

Open up and your garment should have 2 legs and a waist! Sew along R and L legs until you reach the crotch area. Then sew R with L  in the crotch area - basically you're forming a U shape. 

This was before the breakdown of my machine. Had to sew the
crotch area by hand in the end.

My slouchy shorts!  They were made so that the
buttons were on the side.

I can show a bit of leg :-)

I'm very happy with this pair of shorts - they're really comfortable in the hot and sticky weather we have in Singapore! :-)

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  1. These are great! I love the buttons down the side as well. Well done Agy!

    1. Thank you! The buttons were originally from the front of the skirt :-)

  2. Great result and the cute buttons on the side are a nice feature.

    1. Thanks, Mezzy. I love the button feature too.

  3. Clever refashion, Agy, reusing the waist as is!!! Love the buttons down the side!!!

  4. Great gear. I love these pants. Thank you for sharing it on our blog at the Wednesday linky party!

  5. What a great refashion Agy! Your new shorts look great! and so comfy.

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  6. What a simple but great refashion! I never would have realized they came from a skirt! I love the button detail on the side that shows leg!
    Thanks for linking up!

  7. Hi Agy, I've featured your slouch shorts today...

  8. It looks comfy, indeed! What a great refashioning project! Thanks for sharing, girl!


  9. That is a brilliant way to recycle, I'm going to try this soon

  10. Finally a tutorial on how to make shorts out of a skirt - not the other way around! Thank you!