Week 1 of Refashion Runway: Plaid

I got these lovely high waisted plaid trousers with turn ups as part of a wool suit for £3.  I did consider just using the existing waist of the trousers, but I find wool itchy against my skin. Instead I unpicked them and managed to squeeze out a straight skirt utilising the existing front zip fastening and pockets.

I cut a curved waistband on the cross for added interest, and to be able to get it out of the remaining fabric.

I had recently been given some pure silk satin off cuts by local designers Stella and Alf they have a no waste policy for their fabric off-cuts, and where they can’t transform them into other pieces or their recycled notebook covers, they shred up a large amount of the waste, and sew into strips to use for ribbon to use on their packaging.  Do take a look at their Collection.

silk lining

This made a luxurious lining (even if it did require an extra seam or two).

I finished it off with a button fastening at the front.

plaid skirt after (3)

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The challenge next week is emerald….


11 thoughts on “Week 1 of Refashion Runway: Plaid

  1. So well made with that beautiful lining – this is such a classic piece I’m thinking you will get a lot of wear from it – it will look beautiful for a long time.

  2. Joelle, I’m a lover of the watch plaid and it’s lovely what you did with the skirt. I’ve lost a LOT of weight and have these beautiful woolen pants that I think I could refashion into a skirt. How did you go about doing this. I’m thinking I would need to seam rip everything and then just use a pattern to recut it all.

    I’m very nervous about this. I’ve always wanted a camel woolen skirt and I think I’d be able to have one if I refashion this pair of pants.
    Algonquin, Illlinois USA

    1. Well done, if you can achieve that then im sure you can make a skirt from some trousers!
      I took it all apart. Except the front seam with the zip, I reused it where it was by making a straight seam from the bottom of the zip.
      I would find a pattern & lay it on the trousers to see if it will work first. It was quite tight getting a skirt out of the trousers.

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