I make things. Usually out of trash, junk, recycled crap that no one else wants. Sometimes I reuse, refashion, re-do. Sometimes I use new materials and create new things. I always have some sort of project in progress. Sometimes they turn out really well, and sometimes they remain crap.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Holey Man Shorts, Batman!
I have a couple of bags of old clothes from various members of the family. One of these days I'm going to have a garage sale, I swear. Clothes from the US sell pretty well here, so I'm sure I could make a couple of pesos for the cerveza fund. But I'm a pretty good procrastinator, so it hasn't happened (yet).
I came across these shorts in the bag from el hombre. Usually the stuff he gets rid of is destroyed. As in holey, stained and smelly, only good for cleaning rags, used clothing.
Upon first glance, they didn't look/smell too bad. Then I found this:
Normally I try to fix blowouts, but this hole wasn't in the seam. I've never tried a pants/shorts into a skirt refashion, but I figured this was a good candidate since I didn't really care if I screwed it up. They aren't MY shorts :) I read a couple of random tutorials, and decided to take the plunge.
Flappin' in the breeze
I undid the inside seams.
Then I sewed a straight line from the bottom hem to the end of the curve of the former crotch on both sides.
Ta da! A skirt! I tried it on, and the waist was good since it has a inside drawstring, plus elastic. The length kind of bothered me though. It hit right below my knees, which is kind of an awkward length when you're short. Plus, I would need a kick pleat in the back since I couldn't really walk. Hmmm. So I had a couple of options. Hem it a little above my knees and add a kick pleat or chop through the cargo pockets on the sides and make a mini-skirt.
I decided to CHOP. Screw the rule about not wearing minis after 35. I don't know who made that rule, but I'm not following it. My legs are pretty tan, so at least the cellulite and varicose veins aren't too obvious.
Cute! But now the color is kind of bugging me. The white parts aren't totally white (these were man shorts, after all, and guys are kind of sloppy). So I busted out the "Rosa Mexicana" dye packet and...
Better! Now I have a comfy, elastic waistband for my expanding beer belly, mini-skirt! Sweet!