jeans refashion pleated skirt wm

I started with these old jeans…

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With a seam ripper and scissors,  I cut the trousers into 4 sections

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and cut the pieces for the skirt.
I originally intended to incorporate one of the pockets into the skirt (because little girls always need a pocket!) but never got around to it.

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These were the measurements that I used for a 3T skirt (waist measurement  53 cm/21 inches):
a (the waistband): 38 x 9cm (15 x  3.5 inches) – cut 2 pieces
b: 20 x 10cm (8 x 4 inches) – cut 4
c (pleated skirt): 41 x 23cm (16 x 9 inches) – cut 4

Mark where you will make the pleats with pins or a fabric marker

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Make sure your pleats are even and evenly spread out, so the skirt will hang properly.
Here is what worked for mine (only c piece represented below):

how-to-make-pleats

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Lay your pleated piece (c) against b. They need to be the same width.

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Topstitch a rectangle on each one of the pleats.

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With right sides together, sew the 2 front c pieces together and the 2 back c pieces.

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Pleats should face the middle. Press the middle seam then topstitch all the way down.

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Do the same with b pieces.
Then with right sides together sew b pieces to c pieces.

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Press and topstitch across the whole front (do the same for the back)

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Repeat with waistband (a)

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With right sides together sew down side seams

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Create waistband casing for the elastic

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Topstitch around the waistband leaving an opening to thread the elastic through (use a safety pin)
Overlap the elastic ends and sew (zigzag)  them together.
Sew the waistband opening shut.
Topstitch around the top of the waistband too.

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Finish off by making the hem at the bottom of the skirt
Another version of the pleated skirt:

hedgehog-pleated-skirt

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