Sunday, January 22, 2012

Shirt to skirt in twenty minutes




This was probably the easiest skirt to make in the world. The entire world.

I recently acquired a plus sized shirt from my late-grandmother. Even though she died several years ago, I still miss her deeply. I was happy to have something of hers that I could make into something useful. When I saw it, I thought it would make a simple skirt. It was so easy! Now I would like to raid the thrift store to make more. I wanted to share how to do this yourself. 

You can pretty much tell if the shirt is large enough by comparing it to your waist.
Cut a straight line as high as you can, beneath the sleeves.


Cut a strip of thick elastic (I used 3") to the size of your waist and sew together using an elastic stitch. I like using thick elastic because it creates a bold waistband to wear over a tucked in shirt. 



Baste the raw edge and ruffle so that it fits the waistband.


Use a zigzag stitch to sew the waistband to the skirt. I didn't even use pins!



Trim the threads and you are done!


The fabric was a silky polyester. It is a lot of fun to wear.





If you would like a cute skirt without having to make one, I sell cheap skirts in my shop!

34 comments:

  1. Cute! What a great way to reinvent something that belonged to your grandmother.

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  2. Hi Rebekah, wow, you sure did a great job in converting the shirt to a skirt and it looks so nice on too. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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  3. Great skirt! I like the thick elastic. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks! I am pretty partial to thick elastic myself.

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    2. Using the wide thick elastic was a great idea.

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  4. Hi Rebekah! I think it's so cool you used your grandmother's shirt for this refashion. I featured you on my blog today! Come check it out and grab a button if you like! http://missloviecreations.blogspot.com/2012/01/these-are-few-of-my-favorite-things.html

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    1. Thanks you so much; I am honored! I will definitely grab a button.

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  5. I just have a quick question. When the skirt is sewn onto the elastic waist, what allows it to give and stretch when the elastic is stretched to go over the head and shoulders or even the hips when pulled up over them??

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    1. Good point! I forgot to note that. After basting the skirt to gather it, sew it to the waistband with a zig-zag stitch- this will allow it to stretch with the elastic. A straight stitch will not allow it to stretch. Here is the part that I forgot to note- after sewing those two parts together, pull out the thread that you used to baste with. This will leave you with ample stretch. If you don't pull the basted thread it will probably come out on its own
      (mine did, which is what made me forget to include it). Does that answer your question? If not, just let me know and I would be glad to help.

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  6. What size do you wear? vs how much ease is in this plus size "shirt". If you pulled elastic as you stitched. it eases in for pull up over hips
    (gathered) You haven't been sewing that long have you?

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    1. Thanks for the information! I have been sewing for a long time but haven't advanced much beyond beginner level for sure.

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  7. Very pretty! Where do you buy that nice wide elastic?

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    1. Thank you! I got mine from Joanne Fabrics. I also found some one Amazon.com.

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  8. I always see so many prints I like at the thrift stores and I usually make them into quilts,pot holders, ect... now I can make skirts too...

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    1. Thank you so much! Comments like that are always so encouraging. Making pot holders is such a good idea too!

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  9. Very good idea! I like it lots.

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  10. This is so cute! My dad just passed down a bunch of old shirts to me to cut up, and this could be a great project!

    New follower!

    ~Vicki
    deckedoutinruffles.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I went to the thrift store yesterday and got a $2 shirt to make another skirt out of. :)

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  11. What a brilliant idea. Off to the charity shop (the uk equivalent of a thrift shop)to buy shirts asap.Thanks

    Liz

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  12. What if the shirt is a botton down can it still be used?

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  13. That's awesome! I have to try it! You know what would be so cool - if there was enough fabric leftover from the sleeves to make a clutch or small purse to match! :D

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  14. AMAZING! How little you people all sew. FIRST SEMESTER seamstress?
    AHH-DAAAA

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  15. Everyone is a beginner when they start but this young lady has a very creative mind to come up with such a simple but fun way to increase one's wardrobe in a few hours and at a great cost base.

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  16. i think your project was great! any time you can reuse is a plus!! cool idea, keep them coming!!

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  17. Don't you have to pull the elastic to fit? I've used the wide elastic before but I usually pull the elastic to fit the raw skirt waistline.

    No?

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    1. I learned to do it through the way I described in the post, but your way sounds quite intriguing. I'll have to try it. Thanks. :)

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  18. wow does look easy. I'm a beginner sewer need to try this one. I'm a guy so all you women don't have all the fun

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  19. Very nice. I love the idea of it being your Grandmother's shirt and you creating a souvenir out of it.

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  20. I pull the elastic when I sew it too. That's how my Mom taught me. When I was a teenager my favorite skirts were button up the front skirts. Well, I think a button up shirt would great for a skirt. I have a big shirt I have been holding onto for repurposing. Now I know what to do with it!

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  21. Hey, Rebekah! I was wondering- do you think this would work for a man?
    My boyfriend is trying to put together a Scottish outfit for a renaissance festival, and every kilt we find is so expensive. Would I just need a larger shirt?

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    1. The trademark of a kilt is its specific pleating. Also, the fabric is a lot thicker. If you made it this way, with gathers and elastic it would be too bulky and not have an authentic look. Here are a couple of links to kilt tutorials: http://www.bethanysewandsew.com/2010/05/wanna-make-your-child-kilt-for-scottish.html

      http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Cargo-Kilt/ (this one is not traditional, but you could read it for tips on general kilt making)

      I hope you have success! I have undying love for Scotland. I have never made a kilt, but thought about doing so many times!

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