Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Easy Knit Skirt from Shirt

Lately I've done a little sewing for me. Yep for me. Doesn't happen often but it's sure been nice. 
I made this easy knit skirt at the beginning of the summer and it has been so great to have. It's comfortable and easy to wear and cool on those hot humid days!
I made this skirt from my husbands old polo shirt, but you could use a t-shirt or any knit fabric really. 

First cut off the sleeves. 

Cut a straight line across the top as high as you can. This is the waist of the skirt.
(I had to cut below the collar where the shirt buttons, but if you just had a t-shirt you could cut right below the neck line.)
*I needed the skirt as long as possible (I'm tall) but if you don't need the full length, just take the extra length off the top so you can still use the existing hem. To figure the length you need, measure from your waist down to where you want the hem, subtract 4 inches (for the band on the top) and add 1/4 inch for seam allowance.

Turn shirt inside-out. Draw an angled line from the top edge (waist) down to the side seam, on both sides.

Stitch along each side 1/4 inch from edge. Make seam gradually meet up with existing side seam OR continue seam all the way down the side. 

Cut an 8 inch strip (not including the hem, that you'll cut off) off the bottom of another shirt, 
OR cut an 8 inch strip of knit long enough to wrap around your waist and sew the ends together to make a circle.

Cut a piece of elastic the distance around your waist. Sew the ends together to make a circle.
Turn you fabric band inside-out.

Slip the elastic band over the fabric tube. Align the TOP edge of the elastic with the mid-line of the fabric.
Pin in place and stitch along the top and bottom edges of the elastic using a zig-zag stitch.

Fold your fabric in half so the raw edges are together, the elastic is inside and you can see
 the zig-zag stitches.

Pin the band inside the waist of the skirt, matching the raw edges and making sure the right sides of the band and skirt are together.
Stitch 1/4 inch from edge and zig-zag near edge.

Turn right-side-out.

and wear it!

Check out these other fun ideas using t-shirts!
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  1. HOLY SMOKES! That is so crazy cute and looks easy enough even for me to do. :) So lovin' it. :)

  2. What an awesome idea! If only my husband's shirts didn't look disgusting... lol Thanks for sharing at I Made It! Monday. Can't wait to see what you link up this week.

  3. This is so cute! I want to make one!! You made it look so easy. :) I would LOVE for you to share this at "That's My Style" Link Party this FRIDAY! I hope to see you there. :)

    Karla @ www.MySerendipitousLife.com

  4. What an awesome way to repurpose a shirt! It looks amazing!

  5. such a cute idea! My grandma actually just did something similar out of a tank top for my daughter for when she starts school! Love it!

    I would love it if you linked up to our linkup party this week!

  6. Such a great idea!

    Rachel @ R & R Workshop


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