Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sew Sunday: Goth Pants

The before
 Believe it or not, I was once a goth-mall rat kid who spent a minimum of three days a week at the mall arcade playing DDR, Soul Calibur II and Para Para. I wore those big heavy bondage pants with ridiculous sarcastic black tee shirts. A lot of plaid, candy necklaces, and glow sticks. These pants in particular I bought around 8th grade. They're men's Tripp pants in an XS I believe. Way too big for me back then, and are still now. I used the side tabs, 5 inch platform boots, and the drawstring to keep them up.

I got rid of a lot of my 'goth' stuff as the years went by but I hung onto this pair of white pants and a pair of black/green ones plus my trenchcoat. The thing is, goth stuff is EXPENSIVE - especially for a kid who was used to spending $1 on a thrift store tee shirt. But my grandmother faithfully took me to Hot Topic for the holidays and let me pick out a handful of things. I'm sure cringing all the while.

Now that I've set the stage for what is a deceptively historical pair of pants - I was stupidly browsing pinterest. I don't keep up an account, but I will browse through the front page or friend's boards once in awhile, occasionally finding great ideas. I saw a pin of a girl who had made a skirt out of men's pants. Well, the poor Hubs has his closet raided enough by me, but I knew I had these pants in the closet, unworn almost three years.

They still were a huge part of my clothing influence, but weighed a ton and had so much fabric I couldn't stand to wear them as 'real clothes' - Solution: Make a skirt!

FYI it's really hard to take a picture of your own butt. If I didn't want this pants-turned-skirt so bad, I wouldn't have done this - but omg I am super thrilled with the result. I wish I was better at finishing, but that's one of those things that you learn with time.

Goth clothes always have great details like chains and D-rings. Massive pockets and grommets. I really hate sewing something this big, but the makeover was a success! I promise to give it a wear this week and get better photos.

Additionally I had a lot of pieces leftover from the bottom of the legs. I gave the four zippers to my MIL, but cut out the skull appliqu├ęs from the backs of the legs. I may find a way to use them as patches or may do a giveaway with them. I took some of the detailing and sewed it to this tunic blouse that I thrifted over the summer. It's been too hot for long sleeves, but I imagine this will get worn very soon. I love the hard edge it gives this otherwise floaty soft top.

And if you read all that - Thanks! I've had a very busy weekend and wanted to show off some of my newly made pieces.


  1. You and I would have been friends in high school. I'm sure of it. I never had Tripp pants- I chose Caffeine because of the usual stash pockets (not that I had anything to stash- couldn't even begin to tell you what that was about other than I liked secret pockets).

    I LOVE how this skirt turned out. Next time I see some Tripps in a thrift shop, I'm so doing this. :-)

  2. I do like the new skirt you made out of the pants.
    Nice details.
    I wish a was that creatice and had more patience.

    XO Arezu

  3. I love that you made a skirt out of pants. I didn't even know that was possible! Can I please get some of your mad skills?
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  4. I think you did a great job converting those pants into a skirt, the very best of upcycling, keeping the memories while making something that reflects the current stage in your life. You remind me of Jean at Dross into Gold. Love the tunic upgrade, too.

    I have spent much time standing in Hot Topic with teen girls. But it's where my youngest got her Perry the Platypus tee that I covet so much, so it wasn't all bad :P

  5. What a cool idea. With nice execution. And it's nice to hang on to clothes we have a history with.

  6. Wow, I love how the skirt and tunic both turned out! You're so creative!

  7. Awesome reincarnation! It's just amazing what you can do with a pair of scissors and a sewing machine.

  8. Oh, I wore some terrible things back in the day. I remember wearing a purple mesh sweater-thing on many occasions in high school. And then there was the mom jeans...

    Your skirt looks great!

  9. I love seeing you turn something you used to wear into something you can still wear. Those pants are hilarious - would love to see a photo of you in them with the 5 inch platforms! Good thing they are so big - make a perfect skirt! Love it :)

    1. If only! That was pre-cell phone/computer/digicam for me and I hated having my picture taken back then. Teenage angst.

      I can tell you the platforms looked a lot like the pink ones I've seen you wear. Only they had a ton of buckles.

  10. I love what you did with the pants!! It turned out so nice! I've thought about that before - turning pants into a skirt - but I don't sew at all! So I'll just admire your handiwork instead!

  11. Stores like Hot Topic totally intimidated me when I was a teen. My mother and I still joke that would never enter a store with black walls. Now that I'm an old lady, I love browsing stores like that.

    I really like how the skirt came out! It suits your current style so well.

  12. Wow Megan Mae, that was very cool. Great job thinking of it even. I'll have to scan through my unwanted pants to see if there's any potential. Nothing as cool as what you have going, of course.

  13. Oh lord, I was an 80s teen goth. I think my recent All Saints obsession is some kind of second childhood, in that regard, and I'm having fun with it. I would have LOVED Hot Topic.

    Awesome save of a teen artifact; you did a great job converting that.

  14. Excellent way to re-imagine and get much more use out of a piece full of memories - well done! Loved hearing about your earlier style evolutions. :)

  15. I am all for keeping and tweaking things as your style changes, this is such a great example. And the shoulders of your re-worked top look great. I haven't tweaked anything for a while, but usually get more into the groove as the nights get darker.


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