Saturday, October 2, 2010

A skirt from a shirt--tutorial

Another way to make a great fall skirt with just an old plaid shirt from your local thrift store!

You will need:

1) guy shirt, one size bigger then you normally wear (I wear a M, so I picked up a L)
2) a piece of elastic. Wrap a piece around your waist and then subtract about 2 inches from this amount before cutting.
3) a safety pin 
4) scissors, Iron (and a seam ripper but this can be optional) 
4) a sewing machine or a Lot of Patience  

1) Cut your guy shirt in half right under the armpits. Don't be afraid to cut right across a pocket if your shirt has one.

2) Remove those pesky "extra" buttons if you have any with the seam ripper or scissors

3) Decide how you want your skirt to face. Do you want buttons down the front? or none? I've decided to have no buttons on the front, so I've turned my "skirt piece" inside out, with the buttons on the inside. If you want buttons, just do this the other way ^_^

4) Unbutton the skirt piece, then iron. 

5) Rebutton. Now we are going to sew the button strip closed! Sew from the top, raw edge of the skirt, but don't sew all the way down. Stop about an inch after the last button. Do this twice, on each side of the buttons. 
6) Turn your skirt right sides inside. This means your skirt should be inside out now. Fold down the edges of your skirt. You may have to cut off your topmost button. Use your elastic as a guide when folding, you want the fold to be as large as your elastic, with about 5/8th an inch as a seam allowance. We are making what is called a casting.

Make sure to leave a 2 inch gap in the casting. Don't sew this closed! This will be used to place your elastic in.

You can also use your elastic as a guide when you sew if you are still unsure. Don't sew your elastic to the skirt!
Sew all the way around, minus the 2 inch gap of course!

7) Attach the safety pin to your elastic. Thread this through the casting all the way around. 

8) Sew your elastic together. 

9) Tuck your elastic completely inside the casting. Sew closed, making sure not to sew on your elastic!

10. Cut raw edges so they are even, and zigzag stitch them so they won't fray.

11) Wheee, warm cotton skirt! =) Wear, or gift to a friend.


  1. I had never thought of using an old shirt to make a skirt like that before! Great job, Carolynn, and a great photo tutorial with lots of details so anyone can make it. Thanks for sharing at Hookin On Hump Day!

  2. Cute and smart idea! Pinning this to show my daughter. Found it at the Block Party, thanks for sharing :)

  3. Great up cycle!!! Pinned:)Stop by

  4. wow! You made that look super simple and cute too! I host a Tuesday link party that I would LOVE for you to come check out.

  5. What a creative idea!!!
    Congrats! I will be featuring you at my Super Link Party tomorrow (Wednesday)!
    Thanks so much for linking! :-)

  6. Hi, Carolynn. I just love this skirt! It's so creative! Thank you for sharing on Whisk Away Wednesday.

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