Friday, March 19, 2010
Tutorial: Lengthen your clothing with this Quilted Look!
I had this idea come into my head as a great way to lengthen jeans that are now too short. Or, do you have a skirt that you would rather have a little longer? This would be a cute way to add length to any piece of clothing and add style as well. I had a pair of 18 month size jeans that were still the right size in the waist but were now too short so I decided to try out my idea on them.
First, I cut off 2 inches from the bottom of the jeans. . .
The jeans pants leg opening where I cut was 12 inches so I decided to make 8 blocks that are 1.5 inches wide for each pants leg. I added 1/2 inch to the width of each block for seam allowances (1/4 inch seam allowance on each side). This made the width of the blocks two inches high. I needed to lengthen the pants by 1.5 inches so I made the blocks 2 inches high to allow for 1/4 inch seam allowance on the top and bottom of the strip of blocks. So I cut 2 inch x 2 inch squares for my project.
Now cut a piece of interfacing to the length of your blocks all lined up. I cut my interfacing 16 inches long by 2 inches high. (This makes sewing your blocks together easy and adds a little stiffness to match the weight of the jean fabric.)
Lay out your block on the strip of interfacing. . .
Iron the blocks down to the interfacing. . .
Fold at each place where the blocks meet and sew 1/4 inch away from the fold.
Now iron all the seams on the block strips to one side. . .
Sew the ends of the block strips together to form a circle.
Pin with right sides together to your jeans. . .
Sew 1/4 away from the edge. Then you need to finish the raw edges by zigzagging or serging.
Pin the section that you cut off of the jeans to the block section with right sides of the fabrics together.
Sew 1/4 inch away from the edge and then finish the edge by zigzagging or serging. (I also topstitched on either side of the block strips)
Here is a picture of the inside of the jeans. . .
And. . . here is the finished product!