NYLON staffers created unique, DIY projects using denim in honor of our annual Denim Issue. Check back here every day of August to see a new project.
What you’ll need:A pair of overalls
1 1/2 yards of a fabric of your choiceSeam ripperSewing machineThread in a color that matches the fabric/overallsPinsChalkMeasuring tapeA friend! We could all use a friend...
Directions:Step 1: Using a seam ripper, remove the top half of the overalls (the part that includes the straps) from bottoms. Side note: You can totally still use the bottoms as a pair of jeans.
Step 2: Keeping the separated overall top half on, take your fabric and hold it against you where the overall top stops. Fold to desired skirt length. I went for a midi but it’s really up to you where you’d like the hem to hit.
Step 3: Mark off the desired skirt length on the fabric using chalk. Cut away excess fabric (leaving about 1 1/2 inches for sewing at the top and hemming at the bottom).
Step 4: Take fabric and hold it against you again (inside part facing out), this time pulling it around your waist and bottom half. Have a friend help mark off with chalk where the skirt should hit you widthwise (taking into account that you will need a little extra give at the hips/booty). You can take your measurements to be more precise.
Step 5: Pin the skirt fabric lengthwise where your friend marked off in chalk (make sure it’s still inside out).
Step 6: Hem the top and bottom of the skirt and turn it right side out.
Step 7: Sew the overall top to the front and back of the skirt, and voila, you’re done!