By Kirsten Greig - @style_balm
I’ve always been creative. If there is such a thing as an art nerd, that was me at school.
This helped get me into the creative side of Fashion retail.
After a few years on the shop floor, I took a role as a VM & got introduced to the fun bit of retail.
It’s like being the cool auntie to retail stores.
Coming in, making store look pretty, & travelling the country.
Well, on the surface, but It’s often sweaty, thankless & doesn't pay overly well.
That said - I’m very grateful for all I have learned & achieved in the roles I’ve had over the years.
So I now keep the creative stuff for my hobby -
I’ve always been one of those ‘I’m not paying that’ kind of gals. I’m not overly competent at sewing, so I needed a way to cheat sheet the pieces I want.
The easiest way? Buy it vintage or thrifted & add a bit of my own flavour.
The latest being this denim maxi shirt.
Thanks to the rebirth of denim through celebs like Julia Fox & revitalised brands like Diesel.
Denim is now more than ever at the forefront of fash.
This time it’s reworked, re made & reshaped.
Think Brit & JT back in the day, full denim fits but, just f@&* my sh*t up & hold the bedazzler thanks.
I already had the ingredients for a Y2K inspired denim maxi.
Street style pics for inspo.
X 2 old zara jeans - because why waste more water buying new denim.
& a borrowed sewing machine
Take a seam ripper & rip the inside leg seams of both pairs of jeans.
Choose the pair you like the look & fit of the most. This will form the main part of the skirt.
Lay the unpicked pair of jeans flat and flip the curved edges of the crotch (hehe) to the front so the denim sits flat.
Take the second pair of jeans and cut the legs off keeping the outside seams intact. This will form 2 large pieces of denim with a seam running down the middle.
Position these pieces underneath the raw edges of the inside legs, with the right sides all facing out. Pin & repeat on the back.
Sew the flat pieces to the first pair of jeans. Just follow the lines where the original stitching was.
I chose to leave the edges raw, but you could fold under the raw edge if you’d prefer a more polished look.
Cut the hem at the bottom.
I cut mine with a really sharp pair of fabric shears in a slight curve.
I ran a row of stitching along the hem to stop too much fraying. But you can hem more neatly if you’d prefer.
I chose to remove the back pockets of the jeans also, this gave an extra design element as the jeans I used were a light wash & this revealed the dark denim underneath. Kept the pockets for something else.
I also split the front seam & top stitched each edge. Just for a flash of leg. Otherwise it was a bit brethren chic - but you do you.
Chuck in the wash & then the drier to fray up the raw edges. Yes, I hear the denim purists screaming out there…never tumble dry your jeans!
But this is a necessary evil to get a more authentic finish.
Style however you wish. I like mine with a kitten heel + sock situation, body suit and thrifted men’s xxL blazer combo.
Head scarf is a must if you are leaning into the whole 00’s boobtube ‘n beads thing, but finish strong with a croc n’ sock to keep it more L.A hippie trippy.
Better living everybody