Have an Old Pair of Jeans & Some Fabric? Make This Asymmetrical Skirt

5 Materials
20 Minutes

In this DIY, we’re going to make an asymmetrical skirt. It's denim at the top and then has a gorgeous flowing patterned fabric coming down. This project is very easy and straightforward - great for those who are new to sewing.

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Tools and materials:

  • Denim jeans
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Patterned fabric
  • Pins
Cutting old jeans just above the crotch

1. Cut jeans

Using a fabric marker, mark a straight line on your jeans just above the crotch, then cut across. Once cut out, you can use your scissors to neaten the line and make sure it is straight. You can also fold the jeans down the middle to make sure they are the same length on each side.

Measuring the width of the jeans

2. Measure the width

Next, measure the width of the bottom part of your jeans. Mine measured 50cm (19.7 inches).

Measuring the fabric for the skirt

3. Measure your patterned fabric

Now to make the napkin part of the skirt. Take a piece of fabric folded in half with the good sides touching and place your measurement of 50cm (or whatever your width was) as a curved line on one corner. Then, pin the fabric down.

Making an asymmetrical skirt sewing pattern

4. Draw a semicircle

Measure 30cm (12 inches) from the corner of your folded side of the fabric. Draw a semicircle from one side of the fabric to another that is 30cm all the way along. Then mark that semicircle with a fabric marker and cut it out. Proceed to remove the pins that were in the fabric.

DIY asymmetrical skirt

Now you can rotate the fabric and hold the curved side up against the bottom of the denim skirt. Our design is starting to come together!

Pinning the fabric

5. Pin the patterned fabric

Proceed to pin the open side together, and once done, turn it inside out so that the good side is now facing outwards.

Pinning the fabric to the denim piece

6. Join the pieces together

Lift the skirt up, and from the inside, pin it all the way around to your denim section at the top.

How to sew an asymmetrical hem skirt

7. Sew

The next step is to sew. First, sew the open side that you had pinned. Next, you want to sew the two pieces of fabric together to make it into one skirt. Once done, hem your patterned fabric on all sides by folding it over and sewing it down to give it a clean finish. 

Asymmetrical denim skirt

Asymmetrical draped skirt DIY

Here's the finished asymmetrical skirt. The end product looks gorgeous! The patterned fabric contrasts with the denim beautifully, and obviously, you can go for any color of denim and any type of pattern that you want.

This skirt is different, unique, and was so easy to make. Let me know what you think of this tutorial and the final product in the comments below.

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Suggested materials:
  • Denim jeans
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
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  • Shuganne Shuganne on Oct 07, 2021

    Wow - nicely done! And the perfect solution for stained jeans. (I noticed the blue smudge on the knee.) I just wanted to share with you that I have never heard that hem style called anything but a handkerchief hem. My Midwest roots are showing. (In the US, roughly the land east of the Mississippi River and north of the Ohio River, generally the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois are called the Midwest region.)

    It's nice to have the internet broaden my horizons. Hello, world!

  • Mary Mary on Feb 08, 2022

    This inspires me. That look won't look good on me, I'm overweight and over 70, but it would look real cute on my granddaughter whose turning 16. Also, I think I can make a skirt similar to that that I will like for myself by just changing the hem of the skirt. Thanks for the idea.