How I Re-used My Old Jeans

Friday, March 2, 2012

I recently re-painted a large wall in our house......I didn't have any designated "paint clothes" on hand like I used to, so I just used the pair of jeans that I liked the least.  A bit worn out, not the fit I like, etc.  And though I tried valiantly not to get paint on them......the inevitable happened.  Just a few tiny blotches of creamy white paint on the left leg.  Not too bad, but noticable enough to say that my days of wearing them were over.

I had another skirt which I really liked, but didn't wear very often because the waist band was kind of funky.  It was a drawstring, and it sort of reminded me of an "old grandma" kind of skirt.  (Absolutely NO offense to grandma's out there - I will wear your style one day, however right now I am only eighteen!!! )

So I decided to combine the two into something that I liked and could wear.

Chop off the pant legs to right below the zipper.....

....chop off the waistband......

and voila!  A new skirt.

I have had this blue and brown ribbon lying around for so long, I was excited when I found I could use it as as belt on this skirt!  I don't normally wear my shirts tucked in, but for this skirt I thought it "worked" because of the cute ribbon.

 I love it!

I thought since I was posting about my outfit I'd post about my hair as well.  I've been trying to branch out on hairstyles recently because I get in SUCH a rut.  Not a bad thing, but variety is nice.

So, what do you think?


Does my skirt look weird, like a pair of pants chopped off with a skirt plastered to the bottom?  Or is it cute?  Okay?  Or just so-so?  Tell me what you think.


Lesley said...

Rachel! This is super cute! I really like it!

Carrie said...

Okay, I'm being honest, and I really really don't want you to think I'm trying to be mean. Please don't hate me! (I'm just trying to be honest.)

Honestly, I don't really like it. I like the brown skirt part, but it looks like you're wearing jeans with a skirt stuck over the top and held up just below your hips. If it was me, I would've just cut off the waist band and made a new one with elastic, or using the ribbon as a drawstring (except I know you didn't like the drawstring thing). I think having the jean part up top would be okay if you had it tierd - jean then brown then jean then brown. That sort of thing.

That having been said, what I like isn't what everyone likes. (Make sure you ask your sister and mom! If they think it looks good, then you don't have to listen to me unless you want to! =)

I really like the braid! How did you do it? It looks nice, but I'm not sure how to go about doing it to make it look so good.

Sharing Shunshine said...

I love it! such a cute idea. I make most of my pants into jean skirts...I love the idea of recycling!

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Rachel's Blog said...

Thanks Carrie, for your candid opinion! And no I don't hate you. :-) I wouldn't have asked for you all to be honest if I didn't really want your HONEST opinion. Thanks for being honest!

For the braids I simply did two small french braids on each side and pinned them in the back with bobby pins.

Jenna said...

This is such a great idea, Rachel! Thanks for sharing! :)

Abby said...

I like it! It looks really cute on you, and I like the ribbon belt. :)

Love the hair too. It's so hard not to get in a rut with hairstyles.

Heather said...

This is what I have to say about the skirt... Make me one too!!! ;) Hmmmm... Now I think I found a use for some jeans a couple of rascaly baby goats ruined! ;)

Kelly said...

I have seen skirts like this one before (actually Stephanie has one that we found at Savers) and I love it very did a great job Rachel!

Because of Christ!

Kayla said...

I really like it Rachel! Both the skirt AND the hair! And one other thing...where did you get those shoes? I had a pair JUST like them, but they don't fit me anymore. We won't be at church tonight, so I hope to see you next week!


Hannah said...

Rachel, that skirt is too cute! I love the twirl of the brown skirt, without the puffy hip look that most drawstring skirts have. Well done!
By the way, where are those pictures that you promised to send? :)

~Hannah~ said...

I have the same shoes!!!
I also LOVE the skirt.
Your hair looks so nice.

Love Hannah.

Anonymous said...

Clever idea! I really like it, especially the belt. I rather want one for myself now. :P

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