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Looking online, it isn’t hard to find t-shirt skirt tutorials. I looked at several myself. But, they were all made from a Man’s 2XL shirt, or they used a woman’s shirt to make a little girl’s skirt, or they made a mini skirt. That didn’t fit with what I wanted to do. So, here’s my version…
I have an aunt who periodically gives me BAGS of clothes, shoes, and other stuff, that has been worn once, maybe twice. In the most recent batch, there were 4 brown long sleeve shirts. I already have 2 that I like, so I was daydreaming of what to do with these. 2 of the shirts were the exact same shirt, one size different. I decided that since my brown skirt is somewhere in Idaho (more about that here), I should make a new one. So I did!
First, I cut off the sleeves and around the shoulder seams of the 2 shirts I was working with.
By the way, something is really weird with my camera settings. Out of 50+ pictures I took, approximately 9 were not blurry. I need to look into it, so I apologize…
Anywho, you can see 2 sleeveless shirts, and a pile of 4 sleeves. I pinned the 2 shirts together, since they aren’t the exact same size, to line them up better.
I chopped them just below the lowest neck line, so they were all the same length.
Then, I lined up the ruler to cut off as little as I could of the sides, but get a straight line.
I cut off any extra seams that were left, and had 4 almost-rectangle panels. A trapezoid, right?
I kept the bottom of the t-shirts to use for the bottom hem. I lined all of those up and sewed them together, making the body of the skirt.
If the skirt was long enough at this point, I would have just sewn a waistband on the top, or shirred it and called it good. But, I wanted it at least 4” longer. So, I cut the sleeves on the seam lines,
cut them into straight rectangle pieces, and sewed 2 of the sleeves together, to make the waistband.
The thing is, the sleeves aren’t cut with the stretchy fabric going the right way. So you really need to measure your waist, and make sure the band will go around your hips and waist. You can also just sew it and see if it fits…
Yeah, notice the Rolling Stones? My oldest, when she was 2, kept sticking her tongue out at me one day. I couldn’t figure out why. So I kept asking her, and she finally pointed at my shirt…Hee hee.
Anyway, I lucked out that it was pretty much the perfect size of waist band. So I sewed the last 2 pieces of sleeves together, sewed them to the other waistband pieces, and made a yoga-style fold-over waistband.
I stitched the fold on the side seam lines, just so it would stay in place. Then, I sewed a gathering stitch around the top of my skirt, and pinned it to my waistband, matching the seam lines and centers. Sewed it all together, took out the basting stitch, and voila!
I have a finished, comfortable skirt made from 2 shirts bound for the thrift store. The cool thing is, you could do this with several different shirts and come up with a really funky or cool skirt!
I wore it yesterday to church with my ruffle-y shirt!
Warning…It seemed VERY static-y thanks to Ol’ Man Winter, but a slip underneath helped with that!
If you do one, I’d love to see it!
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Now, what to do with the other 2 brown shirts….