How to make… an upcycled jumper skirt
Elastic, 5cm ( 2") wide
Raid your local thrift shop or dig out that old jumper that's gone bobbly, and upcycle yourself a snug new tube skirt to see you through these chilly months. Oversized men's jumpers give you lots of room to play with, and bright patterned ones will liven up dark days. Once winter festivities are over, maybe it's time to update that tongue- in- cheek Christmas jumper you bought for a laugh?
If you have access to an overlocker, they're great for sewing the inside seams and giving a professional finish. If not, a zig zag stitch will do the trick. When attaching the elastic, pull it slightly with the jumper as you sew. This will make it cling to your waist.
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01 Measure around your waist at the point you would like your skirt to sit. Go for high waist or hip level – the choice is yours.
02 Lay the elastic out on a flat surface and measure out your waistband, taking off 10cm ( 4") from the original measurement. This ensures a snug fit.
03 Measure how long you'd like your skirt to be then add 5cm ( 2"). Lay your jumper inside out on a flat surface and mark out the required length from the hem of the jumper up to where the waistband will sit. Mark with a pin.
04 Take your length of elastic and fold it in half. Lay it in the centre of your jumper at the waistband point and pin in place through both of the layers.
05 Mark out the curve of your skirt using tailors chalk, following your hipline from the waist band down to the hem of the skirt.
06 Cut out the skirt, leaving a 2cm ( ¾ ") seam allowance at the sides and the top. You can now see your skirt taking shape.
07 Remove the pinned waistband and set aside, then machine stitch the sides of the skirt together.
08 Take the piece of elastic band and fold into a circle, overlapping the ends by around 0.5cm ( ¼ "). Machine stitch together.
09 Pin the elastic waistband to the skirt, leaving a 1.5cm ( / 8") overlap
5 on the right side. Sew the elastic in place along the top edge.
Now it's time to show off your hip new look. ReThinkReMakeReLove Team ReThinkReMakeReLove consists of avid upcyclers Laura Keogh ( www.lauralovesboutique.blogspot.co.uk) and Lucy Pratt ( www.iamnothingnew.co.uk). They use their lifelong sewing obsessions to inspire others to think differently about waste, and now organise fun and accessible workshops. www.instagram.com/rethinkremakerelove
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