On the heels of a fantastic contest I really can’t believe what I’ve seen in the past two weeks!
The Hun and I went to Nevada City to speak about NO PANTS and Love & Trash. Then we finished our amazing Frisky Fiskars Upcycle Challenge (Ooooh EEEEEM Geeeeee the entries!!) and, as soon as it was done, I took NO PANTS on the road again: to Gerlach, NV for a Burning Man manager’s weekend.
Dressin’ up in Nevada City … dressin’ down in Gerlach.
All the while this was supposed to be “spring break”? Wow… I guess you can’t keep a good girl down huh?
In keeping with not stopping, I give you my upcycled creation for the Frisky Fiskars Upcycle Challenge:
The maternity pant/wool pant split back full skirt.
Huh? Well maybe it’s better if I just start from the beginning…
I had gotten an old pair of couture maternity pants from Jeremy’s. They were Armani and quite awesome… but I lost a metric boatload of weight since getting hit by a car so they just didn’t fit anymore.
I decided to take them, plus a simple pair of black wool trousers, and make am over and underskirt out of the two of them.
When I first split the legs, I realized that the sizing clips of the maternity pants were going to be my way of getting in and out of the skirt. Since that was the case, I opened up the middle of the fly and essentially created a whole new center seam from its removal.
I moved part of the waistband to tighten the waist but maintain the original button hole (I sewed a button on as a mock closure to keep the original lap-over waistband.
Once I got my waist situated, I cut the skirt off to the length I wanted. With the excess pant leg I created gussets in the front and side to create more fullness with the skirt. This allows for a petticoat to be placed underneath for extra “oomf” or to let the skirt naturally collapse upon itself.
I then took the black pair of pants, opened up the cuffs and separated the pant into two distinct legs. Once I did that I opened the legs up and cut off the waist band and main toso. This left me with two large pieces of fabric that, when joined, formed a great gathered underskirt for the houndstooth skirt.
I ran a gather line on the top of the underskirt (the cuff end of the pant) and baby hemmed the bottom fabric. I then secured it into the side seams of the skirt base. After tack sewing the top into the overskirt I preceded to lightly bustle the skirt up into the over skirt. This allowed the break of the overskirt to make way for the soft fullness of the underskirt.
I added some buttons from an old Pendelton and VOILA! An awesome new skirt that could be played up into costume or played down into regular wardrobe!
I have to say that these upcycled creations are some of my favorite parts of the NO PANTS project… but I would also like to hear from those of you out there in the world.
What sort of contest would you like to see next? (Cause I already have sponsors asking for contests!!) What sort of upcycle challenges would you like? Let me know and together we can make awesome happen!