First off Hi, my name is Amber from Mumbling Sewist (https://www.facebook.com/MumblingSewist/) . I was a guest blogger a couple of months ago, and I am so excited to be back. I know that everyone has been seeing the cute button-down skirts floating around the internet. So, I decided to show you how to turn your heat wave shorts into a cute button-down skirt. With these hacks you are going to need the following patterns, Romy which is the pattern of the month and Heat Wave Hot pants. ((These are affiliate links, it won’t cost you extra to use and I earn a small commission)). Now you will need paper for your pattern and fabric, depending on your size the top and bottom will need 1-2 yards of fabric each. Let’s get started by printing out your pattern pieces and taping them together.
In this photo I show how to adjust out the outer seam to make it more of an A-line skirt. On the front piece you or going to add the 3 inches so you can make a button packet. This packet will be just for decoration and not functional. I you are making this skirt with the pockets you will have to adjust them too. You will also have to add on a ½ of an inch to the waistband to account for the new packet. Now for the easy part, cutting out your pattern pieces and fabric. Please make sure you cut the back piece on the fold.
How to start your faux packet, we will begin with folding 1-inch wrong side in and folding it again. You will then sew down open side of the packet and repeat on the other front piece. After you have completed that you will lay either side over the other and sew together forming your completed packet. In the instructions go to page 12 and finish the skirt by skipping over page 14 and just sew the side seams together. This is an easy hack and with a little bit of tweaking you can make it into a functioning packet.
Now for the second hack by making the simple bolero and fitted tank one piece.