The first thing you do is rip all the seams out of the inside of the legs. Also go slightly up the crotch, just to where it lays flat again (then stich it flat again, overlapping. You can see how in the finished pictures). I also undid the hems on the bottom of the legs and washed and dried the jeans several times to fray the hems, because I wanted that look.
Then, becuase I wanted a knee-length skirt, I cut the legs off at the knee. This was the hardest part for me... I'm scared of cutting - once you cut, you can't go back.
Then, pin the lower legs in the space between the upper legs. I pinned and sewed and then cut the excess off... just in case I changed my mind about something...
I wanted the pretty, un-done hem to hang below the legs of the skirt because I had pretty ribbon I'd bought with E-Liz that I wanted to use along the sides - I liked the idea of the formal ribbon with the rustic skirt.
And then I hand-sewed the ribbons on the bottom, and wore it to dinner!
Speaking of dinner? For dessert, I covered fresh pineapple with brown sugar and ginger, sauted for 5 minutes, and served with a little melted vanilla ice cream (the poor man's creme anglais)... The boys loved it.