Oct. 2011 14

Shirt Skirt

I saw this skirt one day while browsing around. I thought it was super cute. But totally not worth the money (at least not for me). So I set out to make one. I spent $1.25 on a zipper, and that’s it. I used scrap fabric for the inner waist band, so I don’t count that as cost.  Here’s the tutorial:

1. Get an old shirt. Make sure it’s big enough to fit around your hips comfortably.

2. Measure the length you want your skirt. Add 0.5″. Measure from the bottom of your shirt, and cut to this length “L”. Also, Cut off your sleeves, you’ll need them

3. Sew shut the button up portion of the shirt so that people won’t get a “free show”. I did this part by hand

4. Measure your waist, divide by 2. That’s your “w” measurement. To make a waist band from scratch, I highly recommend a bendy ruler. I just lay it out with a slight curve, then cut 1 ” on either side. I end up with a 2″ piece. Cut one of these out of each sleeve. Then cut 2 out of scrap fabric

5. Sew one side on each waist band set together. (striped lines indicate the wrong side of the fabric). Also, open up the seams on one side of the bottom (main portion), this will be where your zipper goes.

6. Measure the width of your shirt at the top, that is “S”. Now subtract your “W” from step 4…and this is “D”- the amount of fabric that needs to be pleated.

For each side, front and back, decide how many pleats you want. I picked 2. So for each side, My pleats will be D/2.  Let’s say my measurements were D=6. Then each pleat would be 3″.

Then A=1.5″

and B=0.75″

So on the front make 2 pleats equal distance away from the center line.

Now your top seam should be the same length as your waist band.

7. Sew the outer waist band to the bottom of the skirt. (As seen above)

8. Sew the inner waist band to the outer waist band along the top seam.  Finish the bottom edge of the inner waist band by rolling or surging. Press and turn right side out.

9. Top stitch

**Update: *I’ve added some photos of the waist band, hope it helps!***

10. Install zipper. Then you’re done!!

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5 Responses to “Shirt Skirt”

  1. October 19th

    Wow! Great tutorial and fabulous skirt.  I’m going to have to try this!

  2. Heather
    October 20th

    This is a really fabulous idea. Would you mind posting a couple pictures of the waistband, not covered by a shirt? I’m still somewhat new to sewing, and steps 7-10 are hard for me to visualize without seeing the final product. Thank you!

  3. October 20th

    I LOVE this idea! I am going to the Goodwill or Savers today to get a shirt to try this out! In the meantime, I’m going to link to your tutorial on my blog. http://www.curiousvisions.blogspot.com

  4. October 24th

    Heather, I posted some pictures. I hope it helps. Otherwise, I’ll try to pull together a waist band only tutorial in the coming weeks

  5. Heather
    December 24th

    Thank you so much for the additional pictures! Once I’m finally done with my Christmas presents (only two more to go!!!), I’m going to go through my husband’s closet and find a shirt so I can give this a try.

    On a totally unrelated note – I tried loading your blog in my Google Reader and it tells me that the feed cannot be found. Have other readers encountered a similar problem? If so, did they find a way to make it work?

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