April 06, 2020

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Hip-Hugger Maxi Skirt Pattern Hack

Hip Hugger Bell Bottoms Maxi Skirt Pattern Hack

Flossie Potter’s Hip-Hugger Bell Bottoms Pattern Hack

Back in the 1970s, young women used to turn their jeans into maxi skirts by opening the center seams and leg inseams, then re-attaching them in a different configuration.  With minor modifications, the Flossie Potter Hip-Hugger Bell Bottoms pattern can replicate this iconic design!  Here’s how:

Hip Hugger Bell Bottoms Maxi Skirt Pattern Hack

You will need:

  • Flossie Potter Hip-Huggers Bell Bottoms pattern pieces:  
    •  Waistband #3A & 3B (cut 2 as in the pattern layout)
    •  Back #2 (cut 4, replacing the front piece with a second back piece in the pattern layout)  
  • Light-weight denim-look fabric
  • Hook-and-loop tape
  • Narrow twin needle (helpful)

Getting Started

Prepare the waistband (and optional belt loops, if desired) as directed on the pattern in steps 1 - 3.  Set aside.

Hip Hugger Maxi Pattern Hack

  1. Lay the four back pieces on the table in groups of two with wrong sides together and their crotches facing each other.  The pieces on top will be considered as the front of the skirt; the pieces underneath will be the back.  Remove the placket from both proper right pieces.Hip Hugger Pattern Hack
  2. Remove the crotch area on the proper left pieces to smooth the center edge.Hip Hugger Maxi Skirt Pattern Hack
  3. Finish all center edges.  Press only the edges with a crotch point 1/4” to the wrong side.  Open the pressed edges. Hip hugger Maxi Skirt Pattern Hack
  4. With right sides together sew the center front seam, leaving approximately 2 1/2” unsewn at the curved crotch area, shown with dots in the photo above.  Repeat with the center back. Hip hugger Bell Bottoms Maxi Skirt Pattern Hack
  5. Open up and push the crotch point to the right side of the fabric (the front and back of the skirt will be mirror images of each other).  Pin the crotch points in place. Bell Bottoms Maxi Skirt Pattern Hack
  6. Sew a double row of top stitches along the seam to catch the finished edges underneath (a narrow twin needle works well).  Hip hugger maxi skirt pattern hack
  7. Finish the proper left side edges (the ones with plackets) on the front and back of the skirt.  With right sides together sew the proper right side seams (without plackets), but do not finish the seam allowance, yet.  Open up.

NOTE:  All dolls’ measurements vary.  Pin the skirt on your doll (approximately 3/4” lower than where it will be worn, leaving space above where the waistband will be) to check for proper fitting.  Make minor adjustments at the proper right side seam.  Finish this edge after adjusting.

Hip Hugger Maxi Skirt Pattern Hack

  1. Press the proper left placket on the skirt front to the wrong side.  Attach the waistband as in steps 9 – 16 of the Hip-Hugger Bell Bottoms Pattern. Add hook-and-loop tape as shown in steps 17 – 18.  Finish the lower edge of the skirt and sew the hem as in steps 19-20.
Your Hip-Hugger Skirt is Complete!

Congratulations, You Just Hacked A Pattern Successfully!

Thanks for following along and happy sewing,

Heidi & the PF Team

 


10 Comments

Marge R (mer)
Marge R (mer)

April 08, 2020

Thank you so much for this – I’ll definitely be making this for Julie!!!

June
June

April 08, 2020

Love this!!

Natalie
Natalie

April 07, 2020

I recently did this on a pair of jeans for myself. I also turned another pair of jeans into bell bottoms by crocheting triangles that I sewed into the side seams. I wore that pair into a boutique and the owner wanted to know where I got them because she wanted to sell them. The teenage girls I knew were gobsmacked! Turns out this 60-something year old woman knew what she was talking about.

Roxanne Perez
Roxanne Perez

April 07, 2020

I lived the 70s. My friends a d I did this to our pants too.

Marie
Marie

April 07, 2020

My hip hugger jeans were 2 inches lower than these are. They took a 4" to 5" zipper and one pair of my jeans took a 3" zipper.I bought jeans and made my own, My brother and I took our regular Straight leg jeans and made them into bell bottoms. He embroidered his. One of my patterns had an attached bell on the legs with 1" velvet ribbon and eyelet covering the seam. I still have both of my patterns. When my granddaughter was 17 she used my pattern and it fit her the exact way it fit me! She never adjusted the adjustments that I had put into the pattern for my fit.
So the pattern above needs another hack to make it into a hip hugger pair of jeans that pair comes up to her natural waist. It needs to be on her hips not her waist. It will be a great fit after that!!

Beaj
Beaj

April 07, 2020

Loved the 70’s they were the good old days…")

Charlene
Charlene

April 07, 2020

Gret idea! I can remember doing this to several pairs of jeans, not only for myself but for my friends, too. Takes me back…

Suzanne Wilson
Suzanne Wilson

April 07, 2020

Love the cute tee shirt hack!

Jilly M
Jilly M

April 07, 2020

What memories.. I was 4th/ 5th grade I wanted to move from making doll clothes and my babysitter showed me how! I was hooked on sewing and doing what we call upcycling now! I’m still up cycling, and I’m also helping the younger group get the style right but encouraging them to add their own twist just like the 70’s and the way Tiggy launched the design world! I’m enjoying 2020 and glad I was part of the frontier of the 70’s creativity!

Tarine Brown
Tarine Brown

April 07, 2020

Wow, spectacular.

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