Skirt Conversion Tutorial

How to turn a pair of pants into a skirt.  You can add almost any fabric to a pair of pants to make them into a skirt.  I prefer to use fabrics of similar weight/body as the pants I’ll be working with.  I don’t like to use a very light weight fabric with a heavy denim, but that’s just my preference.

The first step is to take out the hems, inseam and crotch seams.  I take the crotch seam out up to the bottom of the fly; and on the back, up to the yoke.  Make sure you clean up all that area, removing all the bits of thread.   I serge my raw edges.  Then, press the seam allowance back under. Then I lay the pants out and lay the crotch points down, pin them in place and then sew them down. Click the picture for a closer look.

Most of my clients like the floor length skirts, so I have to add different fabric to the skirt.  This person wanted a skirt just below the knee, so I was able to use the fabric I cut off.

I lay out the fabric to see if it’s going to fit.  If it does,  I just start pinning it in place.

Pin the front in place.

Then pin the back.  Not everyone would pin the front and back at the same time, but this is how I do it. Probably why I get poked so much.  If you pin in the direction that you’re sewing, you can just tuck the tip of your pin in the denim and not get poked so much 🙂

With the right side up, I begin sewing the inserts in.  Taking the pins out as I go.  When the front side is finished, flip the skirt and do the back.

This photo shows the insert, after I sewed it in and before I remove the excess fabric.

I flipped the skirt over.  The skirt being on the left side and the excess fabric on the right.  Using the seam where I sewed the insert to the pants, as a guide, I serge off the excess fabric. Starting at the hem, going to the tip of the triangle  and back down the other side, ending at the hem again.

This is what it looks like when it’s finished.

After you serge off the excess fabric.  You can go back and top stitch, using top stitching thread that matches the thread on the skirt.

Finally, hem the skirt and you’re finished 🙂

This is my first Tutorial, so if there is something you don’t understand, please feel free to contact me.


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