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Upcycle it!
Transform your A-line skirt into a pair of culottes. All you need is extra material either from an old pair of trousers / jeans or from the store.

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  • How to make shorts. Upcycling Your Skirt Into Culottes - Step 1
    Step 1

    This is the before - my jean A-line skirt. I decided to make them into culottes as it would be easier for me to move in and I could ride my bicycle in them! The first thing to do would be to take my measurements. This skirt already fits me along the waist and hip.

  • How to make shorts. Upcycling Your Skirt Into Culottes - Step 2
    Step 2

    Measurements needed:
    a) Crotch depth + 1 inch.
    b) Hip

    Mark where the measurements are on the skirt and draw line with fabric marker. Take centre of skirt and cut up to the hip-line that you have just drawn. Do this on the front and back panel.

  • How to make shorts. Upcycling Your Skirt Into Culottes - Step 3
    Step 3

    Divide the hip measurement by 8 and then add on an extra inch. Take this measurement and measure out a block of fabric, the length of which is the length of your skirt from the hip line. Remember to include seam allowance. Cut out 4 of these - I used the legs of an old pair of jeans, but you can use any fabric. Pin these to the front and back panels along the centre line.

  • How to make shorts. Upcycling Your Skirt Into Culottes - Step 4
    Step 4

    Once the panels are pinned, you can define and cut out the crotch area a-b-c for each panel using the diagram below.

  • How to make shorts. Upcycling Your Skirt Into Culottes - Step 5
    Step 5

    Using the sewing machine, sew the legs of the back and front panels together. Then sew the crotch together. You are done!

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