The guys at work get new unforms every few months and I HATE throwing them away. Alot of time they have stains, worn knees. SO I decided to try a utility skirt with them. Here is a collage of the finished skirt. LOL has 4 zippered cargo pockets, and the top is just like an a pair of pants so you can wear a belt with it !!!!!!
OK I started with a pattern that I figured would work, at least in my head :-) I wanted 5 panels and I have a 36" waist. However I wanted to wear mine lower so I figured 38 would work. I think 37 would have been better. But since you can wear a belt it was fine. Ok so the top of the pattern is 38/5=7.6. LOL me not thinking at the time decided to just round up to 8", bad choice, but easily fixable later I found. I measured 6" down and divided my hiip measurment/ 5. Then I thought I wanted to length 32" but realized the pants legs are only so wide so that is what I used. Here is the pattern I started with.
If you now some one who wears cargo work pants ask for the old ones. If not thrift stores always have work pants cheap. If you look at the crotch area in the pic, you will see I have cut out the inside seam Do this with all 2 pair only. The last pair you will need to try and get as much fabric as you can without any pocket in it. I had to sew two areas togetherfor the right size.
Next I used a seam ripper on the zipper and top edge of one of the pants. Make sure you keep the top of the belt lopes attached, only rip the bottom off. The nice part about using the top of the pants for the skirt waist is that the hard work is done for you already. Also if your skirt ends up alittle bigger then expected, just wear a belt lol.
Cut the seam up the butt, you should be able to spread out 2 pices like this from each pair. Make sure to leave one panel uncut, for the back panel. I am sure no one really wants to have a pocket on their butt lol.
Now for a tricky part. place the pattern you made earlier and placeon a newly cut panel. Be very aware of the cargo pockets. You need to make sure there is enough room to sewing at least a 1/4" seam. OK this is where my thinking was flawed. I had already made my actual measurements bigger by rounding my numberss up but then I adding 1/2" seam allowance on each panel. The back panel was the saving thing,I will explain soon.
Next I sewed the 4 cargo pocket panel together. Don't forget to put the ziper inbetween the 2 front panels. This way the pockets are located in the perfect positions already for you. You can make sure all your cargo pockets are level before you sew, but I like the uneven look myself. At this point I sewed the back panel in and sewed the pants top I ripped off and sewed it onto the skirt.
This is where I realized my measurements were VERY flawed. I realized there was about 1-1/2" extr fabric then there was pants top. I thought sewing in darts might work but I ended up with a horrible pucker. So I took off just the area off the back panel and adjusted the seam to fit the top band, and my waist.
UnlessI wanted ot make a trumpet style skirt and add triangles on the bottom, I was going to have to shorten my skirt. I choose to shorten the skirt :)Next one I will not just hem it.
Here is the finished product. Here is what I learned for the next one. Do not round everything up and make any needed adjustments from the back panel. Unless you plan on making a trumpet style bottom so not plan on a long, calf length skirt, there is only so much fabric you are working with lol. working with zippers is easier then I thought, this is only my second one lol. I completely winged this one and am now in the process of making another. Since you can wear a belt, you can carry as much as your hips can hold up in the pockets lol. Please share your comment and thoughts on this projects. ALL comments are welcome, good, bad whatever. Use whatever jeans or pants you want, I just loved the pockets and have lots of these to practice with.