Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Flip This Pattern: Up-cycled W-Mini Skirt

I couldn't resist joining in Flip This Pattern again. I WAS going to sit this month out. I have a lot going on at the moment in my "real" life and my whole family has just recovered from a nasty virus. But, I was sitting there on Sunday night and inspiration struck. I waited until the next day to make the decision and buy the pattern (the W pants from Blank Slate Patterns). I DID NOT need another pants pattern (don't tell my husband... I honestly only bought this pattern to join in this month's flip). 

The idea that came to me was a little denim mini skirt. I used an old, old pair of jeans I have had for years and they have been too big for most of that time. In fact if I remember back I think I wore these when I was pregnant with Xander...he is about to turn 7!!

Don't laugh at my rough sketch. I drew this when the idea came to me.

So, how did I "Flip" the pattern? I changed the W-shorts from shorts to a skirt. I made it a bit shorter than it would have been if I had made the shorts, I extended the side seams out to give an A-line shape and I used button hole elastic and made the waistband adjustable. My plan is for Eloise to wear this with leggings under it. 

I also kept the original belt loops from the jeans and used them for the skirt

I took some super quick photos this afternoon...

I did double rows of top-stitching for most of the seams

I chose the zippered welt pocket option.

I used a floral quilting cotton for the waist band facing.

And to line the pockets.

I love the look inside the welt pockets. They are totally unnecessary for an 18 month old but cute nonetheless.

Just a couple of shots of Eloise today... she was not really in the photo mood :/

I think it is pretty cute. I debated adding a cotton lace trim to the hem line...I still might, I can't decide?

Thanks again for dropping by. I'm glad I gave in to the little voice that told me I HAD to sew along.

Pop over to Frances Suzanne to see the other fun entries for this month.

Kerry xx


  1. This is adorable! I love it...it looks so professionally made :)

  2. This is super cute! Love the floral lining and looks so adorable on your model!

    1. Thank you! I love the floral fabric. I am planning to make a top or dress with it but can't decide. It's hard to cut into pretty fabric sometimes :/

  3. Great job once again, Kerry {we did a skirt from the W Pants too :)}! Maybe you could justify buying the pattern by your upcycling on the fabric selection....maybe??

    1. Thanks :)
      I agree, up-cycling justifies the pattern purchase. I can't wait to see your W-skirt!