Jeans and Jewelry

I am not a clothes seamstress. Never really had a desire to make clothes. However, I love about any kind of DIY. A friend of mine had a really cute long denim skirt on the other day. She is a stay at home mom of four and buys their clothes at second hand shops, which is where she got her long denim skirt. Not finding any ready made online I began looking for instructions on how to make one.

I had a pair of sale "rip and repair" jeans that I didn't wear a lot and thought they might work for my experiment. It isn't difficult. You cut the inside seam right next to the stitching from one leg all the way up and down the other leg.

You even cut up towards the zipper a few inches so you can lay that piece to the side which ensures no crotch puckers. Then take another pair of jeans to use for the V's in the center front and center back.

You do the same fold over on the back. Pin and stitch everything down. My little machine struggled sewing the denim. I ended up cutting the hems off and just going to let them fray. It is definitely a Boho/hippie look, but hey - I am a girl of the 70's.

Please excuse my messy closet. Not sure I'll wear this out much but it is a very casual and warm skirt. If I did it again, I'd use a thinner weight denim and try harder to match the colors, although my young friend loves the look of different colored denim in the skirt. It was a fun little project and I'm sure I'll wear it some.

Do you have tarnished silver jewelry? I found another DIY for jewelry cleaner. I have lots of silver jewelry. 1. it's cheaper than gold (frugal me), and 2. it looks better on my skin tone.

Boil a cup of water, then add 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Gently pour over the jewelry in a foil lined pan. Then slowly add 1/2 cup vinegar. Let sit for 5-10 minutes then rinse and dry.

I thought it did a great job!

So that's a couple of things I got into this weekend. I had planned on starting a new quilt that has been accepted in a magazine for next Summer, but I didn't receive the fabric yet. Don't know why I didn't get on finishing those Irish Chain blocks.....I just didn't.

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