And I have some black corduroy someone gave me.
I cut off the legs:
Then I cut my finger:
I added an inch to that number for seam allowance. Then I cut the jean legs into panels that were the waist measurement at the top and at least the hip measurement 8 inches below the waist (which is how far below my skirt waist that my hips are)
pictured next is the panel from the non-ripped jeans. I folded the leg, so I would have the fancy stitched double seam showing.
Here, you see that the ANKLE HEM of the jeans will be the WAIST of the skirt.(see the fancy double stitched seam from the side of the keg, now down the middle of the skirt)
I wanted gores between the panels in the front and the back, so when I stiched the panels together I left 12" unstitched to insert the gores:
the pocket from the old jeans:
HERE IS A LINK for how to sew gores.
I cut side seam pockets out of colorful fabric. (here is a LINK for POCKETS)
I used bias tape to finish the waist edge:
the colorful pocket: