Monday, February 23, 2009

Thrift Pants

A few months ago I was at my local Salvation Army and picked up a pair of size 21 pants. They are corduroy and I thought - I'll try to make a new pair of pants out of them or a skirt. If that fails they will become fabric for dolls. Then, just about two weeks ago, I was in the Garment District in Cambridge, MA.

There is a section where all clothes are $1.50 / lb. In addition to finding a 100% silk Liz Claiborne shirt I found the SAME pants - just a different size. There were a 20. I bought them. I'm going to attempt to make a skirt. I'm just trying to figure out how to resize the waist. Oh - and upstairs was a 50% off sale on all merchandise. I found a Bob Mackie button-up sweater for $4.

I have taken the seam out of the legs of one pair of pants and am wondering - do I just baste up the side and see how it looks? Yeah - maybe that is what I'll do. That way, if I want it fuller I can cut up the second pair of pants and add it. Hope it turns out to something wearable!


Shari said...

Do you remember the jeans skirts from the 60's and 70's? Or if you are too young how about have you heard of them? With the bigger sizes, the trickiest bit will be re-sizing the waist. Let us know how it goes!


YayaOrchid said...

Wow! Wish I could go to that garment district! I do like the pants as they are though. But whatever you make, I'm sure it'll be great!

Peggy said...

How cool was that to find the same pants?! And such neat fabric, too. Have fun refashioning them!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Beth- Thank you so much for the ideas!! How fun that we are both doing Ireland this month. I love Ireland... We are thinking of going with my sister. She has a deal for airfare + hotels + breakfast for $700. Unreal. What was your favorite part about Ireland? Lori

Sharon said...

That is so creative! I love the idea. Stop by my blog when you get a chance - I left you an award

Amy said...

Love the pants! Can't wait to see how they turn out!

YayaOrchid said...

Beth, where have you been? I'm so looking forward to more of your posts!

Beth, I just now discovered your tutorial for making bias tape! It is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it in simple to understand steps. It just seems way easier with your method. I do have a question: Why did you make one inch bias tape. That is what did you use 1" for? I usually use 1/4 binding for aprons.


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