Sunday, July 12, 2015

Ruffled Jean Skirt for "Skirting the Issue"

I love to repurpose clothing. 
 So when I was asked to create a skirt to share with you for
 "Skirting the Issue,"
 I knew I wanted to repurpose a pair of jeans. 
This is the first skirt I created ... with an 4th or 5th grader in mind.  Yet, I knew that this design would be great for girls of all ages.

My granddaughters kept asking me,
"Who is that skirt for... is it for me?"

I tried to explain that it was for someone that I've never met, or will never meet.

"If you don't know them... then why are you making a skirt for them?"

 How can you explain that it's for someone you hope will realize that someone is thinking of them and praying that they will be part of a family that will care for them like they deserve.
 That I just wanted to create something special just for them

 "Well, we think that girl, that we don't know, will love these skirts and feel fancy and comfortable." they replied.

 So, I just keep thinking of those girls and making these skirts... to show you some possible variations.
Only 1 flower
2 ruffle layers with a serged rolled wooly nylon hem

Jean flowers all around, but with no center embellishments
Wimpy Kid Fabric with a coordinating herringbone

All knit fabrics-- Baby Hedgehogs by Riley Blake Fabrics

Pull on elastic waist jeans for Toddler sizes
I wrote a separate blog post on different ways to decorate your flowers.
Sock Monkey and Polka Dots  with 3 ruffles

6th, 7th, or 8th Grade Teen Choice in knit fabric

To help you make this skirt, I took so many photos that it would be a huge, lengthy, blog post. 
 So I broke it down into parts and created separate blog posts.  

Here are the links to these posts: 
Creating the jean pants yoke for the skirt

Making the Flowers 

Using a Printable Step-by- Step Chart to Calculate How to Cut Out Your Ruffles and Connecting Pieces, Regardless of the Size of Skirt (You will be able to click on the provided chart to take you to my Google Drive. Then  you can print a copy of the chart for yourself.)

Sewing the Ruffles and Connecting Tiers to the Skirt Yoke

 Sewing the Flowers to the Skirt

Do you need help sewing this skirt?
If you live in the Northwest Chicago Area, my friend, Susie Fox, is sponsoring a 
Skirting the Issue Sew-in at her store, 
Material Girl, on Friday, July 31st, 2015.
Material Girl is located at 21 N. Williams Street
Downtown Crystal Lake , Illinois
10:00 am to 5:00 pm.                815-459-2084
I will be at the store all day to help sewers that want to make a skirt like mine to donate to girls in the Foster Program .
We will have 2-3 sewing machines available for you to sew on, or bring your own machine. Susie is also offering a discount on any fabric bought at the store to make the skirt. She has a fabulous selection of fabrics, so you can design the skirt right at the store! Remember to bring a pair of jeans with you to create the yoke for the skirt.

If you plan on coming to the event, leave a comment so we will have an idea of how many sewers are planning to drop by for the Sew-In.  In addition, if you just have questions on one or two parts of making the skirt, I can also help you too.

Deborah Devine 


  1. Beautiful skirts!!! A great way to re-purpose jeans.

  2. So pretty! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that links to your tutorial: --Anne

  3. Love all the skirts you've been making. Explaining to my grandson what foster care means was an interesting discussion.
    Hugs for all your good works!

  4. These are FABULOUS!!! Thank you so much for sewing along with us!

  5. I love what you are doing with these skirts. I run a free store for people in need and will be using this tutorial to up cycle jeans to these beautiful skirts and adding matching hair bows for or little girl shoppers to receive. Thank you!

  6. Thanks For Share Awesome Custom Designed Jeans Skirt
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