Denim Skirt from Jeans

DSCN8360This summer I wore the knees out in a pair of work jeans. I think it was from kneeling beside the kitty pool to check on and feed all the broiler chicks that we raised. Anyway, I decided to try making a skirt from the jeans!

DSCN8379I cut the jeans off at the knees, then I  rip-stitched the inside seam of the leg. Many tutorials for making a skirt from jeans showed cutting the inside seams out. Even though rip-stitching is more work, it will not only give you more fabric to work with, but an easy guideline for sewing the inserts to the skirt.

Once I had the seams opened up, I laid the soon-to-be-skirt on a table and slid a small cutting mat between the front and back layers. The cutting mat prevented me from pinning the front and back together as I pinned the inserts into place.

DSCN8375The inserts were definitely tricky. I used the denim for the lower legs of the jeans for the inserts. As you can see, I didn’t have quite large enough of a piece for the back insert, so I had to run the insert at an angle. I was hesitant at first to do this, but I love the character that it gives the skirt!

It took me a while to get the inserts to hang as flat as possible (many of the skirts made from jeans tend to “bubble out” in the inserts, and I tried to avoid that look), but in the end I decided that the style of the skirt was A-line, so the inserts are going to be full!

But I did try the skirt on many many times as I pinned the inserts in and after I basted the seams. Basting really helped because then I got to see how the skirt hung without the weight of the pins.

DSCN8381Making a skirt from jeans has always seemed intimidating to me, but now that I know how to do it, I am excited to try another one. I absolutely love my new skirt!



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Egg Sandwiches made over a Campfire


Gabrielle and I did quite a bit of cooking over campfires this past weekend. We both agree that campfire cooking is the most fun! We aren’t really good at building fires yet…it took us thirty minutes to build the first one. And the wood we used was damp from rain, so our fires were smoky. It was still fun; there is something really satisfying about building a fire for cooking a meal.

Our chickens are laying nineteen to two dozen eggs a day, hence why we made egg sandwiches. Also, eggs are really easy to fry on a fire. And if you don’t like fried eggs, well, try frying them on a campfire! They are way better then eggs cooked on the stovetop.

While Gabrielle was frying the eggs, I put together a platter of cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes for the sandwiches. We toasted our bread on the fire while the eggs were cooking. The sandwiches were delicious! We wanted to make seconds, but we decided that we should make our brother a sandwich instead since he would be home soon 😉


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