By request here is the how to for the girly twirly skirt. As always drop me a line if I've left something vital out or something doesn't make sense and I'll correct/add it in. And I'd love to see a photo of any finished skirts! (double click on any image to enlarge)
measure from top of waistband to just below the end of the fly seam - I have left about 2cm below .Mark the same distance all around the jeans- side seams and centre back seam are a good spot to measure and mark. If there are pockets decide if you are going to keep them on or remove them ( it depends how much gets cut off.) If you decide to leave them pin the inside pocket bag out of the way so that it doesn't get cut . If you want to remove them ,unpick them now as it makes for easier sewing ( less bulk).
Join the marks and cut all the way around your jeans leaving you with a "yoke " as in this diagram.
Just a pic of the backs so you can see how it looks!
measure all around the bottom of the yoke -mine measured 62cm . Depending upon how full you want your skirt add somewhere between half again ( 31cm) or the same ( 62cm) .( If you want it really full double it)
This will give you the length for your first frill. I added 31cm to the original measurement of 62cm = 83cm. I then add seam allowance of 2cm.
Decide on depth of frill - again a personal preference. I have made my frill 12cm deep + 2cm seam allowance. Total 14cm. My frill will be 85cm x 14cm.
Cut frill placing pattern on fabric as follows :
For the Frill 2 , start with the length of Frill 1( in this case 83cm). Again either add half as much again or up to the same amount . (As before, for a really full gathered skirt you could double it).Add 2cm seam allowance.I had to cut my Frill 2 in two pieces to fit it across the width of the fabric. You may be able to cut it in one.
Decide on the depth ( I made mine the same ie 12cm + 2cm seam allowance) .
If you want a third or fourth frill measure and cut as for Frill 2 ( using measurement of Frill 2 as starting point for three, and measurement of Frill 3 as starting point for four and so on.)
Stitch the ends of each frill together to make a tube ( two seams if you have cut your frill as two pieces)
Overlock raw edges if desired ( I also overlocked the cut edge of the jeans.)
Run a gathering stitch 6mm in from long edge and then another row of gathering directly below this at about 8mm. Divide and mark the frill using pins into 4 sections. Pin gathered edge of Frill 1 to the jean top , right sides together matching the 4 maker pins to the side seams, centre front and centre back. Gather in frill to fit , easing gathering to sit evenly. Sew using 1cm seam allowance.
Optional: if you wish you can top stitch along the join seam of each frill flipping the seam allowance up and stitching on the upper frill side of the seam ( see diagram to understand this gobbledy gook). This gives a neater flatter and I think more professional finish (and I have always been partial to a bit of top stitching).
Repeat gathering and joining as above for Frill 2 to the bottom of Frill 1.
Continue adding more frills if desired in the same manner until desired length reached.
Here is my skirt with two frills attached. When you have reached desired length you can hem the bottom frill or add a smaller ruffle as I have done. The other option is to trim with ribbon, lace or whatever takes your fancy.
I cut down the side seams of the cut off legs and then cut strips, all the same width ( although not length) to use for the bottom ruffle.
I sewed the strips together to make a piece that was half again as big as the measurement or my Frill 2.
The ruffle was overlocked and gathered in the same way as the frills -if you want to turn a small hem on each long edge do it now : I left mine with just an overlocked edge. The ruffle is sewed on with the wrong side against the right side of the skirt ( ie i pinned the ruffle right side facing to the outside of the skirt). Take a look at the close up of the hem to get an idea of what this looks like.
A view of the inside of front of the skirt
A view of the inside of the back of the skirt.
Your skirt is now finished!
You can, of course add trims to the top of each frill if you like - stitch a ribbon or braid along the join of each frill.
I have made a rosette from strips of overlocked denim and floral babycord, gathered and stitched together. I added a circle of contrast floral and stitched the whole thing on ( should have put it over the paint mark! nice one!)
You can play around with different width frills or add a split to the bottom frill or two to give a flamenco feel. I am going to be a bit adventurous with the other two so I I'll post pics when they're done!