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My grandma would be proud

A refashioned knee-length khaki skirt.

My daughter and I both had a pair of khaki pants that had some pretty darn near irreparable damage done to the knees…more than I was willing to mend, at least!

A while back, I found a link to a site with a how-to on turning jeans into a skirt, and I figured that it could be done with khakis too.

And, it can! Yay!

I didn’t follow the directions exactly…I modified them so that my front seam is just straight. I hemmed my daughter’s skirt, and on mine, I’m trying a frayed hem.

This picture was taken right after I made the skirt, and since then, the hem has frayed nicely.

A girl and her mom wearing matching refashioned khaki skirts.

I’m pretty pleased with the results. It wasn’t terribly hard or time-consuming to do, and it cost almost nothing.

Kristen and Zoe walking hand in hand.

All I had to buy was a spool of khaki-colored thread, which will come in handy over time for sewing buttons (or maybe modifying more khaki pants!).

My grandma, like many grandmas, I assume, was a very frugal lady, having lived through the Depression.

A grandma holding a little girl with dark hair.

This is my grandma with the same daughter who is wearing the skirt above!

My grandma is now gone, but I often think that she’d be thrilled to see the frugal things that I do, and that’s the reason for the title of this post. 🙂

P.S. Here’s another pants-to-skirt refashion I did, except with ruffles this time.

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Tuesday 5th of July 2022

I remember that post- it appears I have followed you since the very beginning! Congrats, I appreciate this blog so much:)


Friday 6th of August 2010

I will have to try this....I am just getting my hands damp in the sewing's kind of scary to me......

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Tuesday 1st of September 2009

[...] possible that I might find time to turn these into a skirt the way I did with a pair of my pants and a pair of Lisey’s pants (I could cut the knees off [...]

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Saturday 4th of July 2009

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Thursday 16th of April 2009

And in spite of the fact that I've never actually made it myself. I do still the 38 cent cups at Walmart. Oh well, maybe if you could show a wa to make a good low-cal strawberry version I may take the plunge.

Sometime I want to try making my own cottage cheese but using a whole gallon of skim PLUS the half and half and salt and cheesecloth makes it a bit less than frugal.

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