My mom adventures in Fort Collins


Gettin’ Crafty: Recycle an old t-shirt into a girl’s skirt

I recently reorganized my closet, and I had to have a frank conversation with myself about my wardrobe. Seriously, you can only wear so many v-neck t-shirts, right? But what do you do with your castoffs? If you’re on pinterest, you can search “Upcycle” and come up with dozens of inspirational ideas. I did have a t-shirt in my pile that was special and sweet–but it was a little on the small side.  So… I know, let’s make a SKIRT!

Who, but my helpless children, will participate in these antics?

Start with a shirt--this shirt is a size small, Simply Vera brand t-shirt with ruffles down the front of the shirt

Start with a shirt–this shirt is a size small, Simply Vera brand t-shirt with ruffles down the front of the shirt

It’s really helpful to have a kiddo’s skirt to work from.

I used this size Small Xhiliration skirt of my daughter's as a  guide--it is a simply A-line skirt with an elastic waistband

I used this size Small Xhiliration skirt of my daughter’s as a guide–it is a simply A-line skirt with an elastic waistband

I did have to take the top two sets of ruffles off (love me some seam ripper!) in order to allow enough room for what will eventually become the waistband. The skirt gave a general guide for the shape of the skirt.

After you cut the shirt apart, you can leave a bit of room on either side for a seam allowance (I used a ruler to at least try to get straight lines)

After you cut the shirt apart, you can leave a bit of room on either side for a seam allowance (I used a ruler to at least try to get straight lines)

Due to the nature of the fabric of the ruffles, I did stitch along the edges to prevent fraying. But other than that, you work the shirt into a skirt in a fairly typical way–right sides together, sew up each seam until where the waistband would be. Turn the top over unto itself to create a “tube” where you’ll insert the elastic (I used 1/2″ elastic).

Creating the "casing" (I believe that's what the cool kids are calling it)

Creating the “casing” (I believe that’s what the cool kids are calling it)

Have your kiddo try on the skirt, if you can, to get the elastic as tight as necessary. It’s good to check that they can walk around–even in knit fabrics, you don’t want the skirt to be too confining. (If need be, you can make the skirt shorter or create a side slit to counter this issue.)

The measured-out elastic waist-band

The measured-out elastic waist-band

And I actually hand sewed the last little bit to enclose the entire elastic. Then, the most fun part–have your kiddo try on their new garment.

Trying on the skirt

Trying on the skirt

Sitting in the skirt

Sitting in the skirt

 

New skirt!

New skirt!

And she likes it… major craft success!

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Color me impressed! I admire anyone who can do any kind of sewing. My mind just does not do 3D the way it needs to in order to sew something. Nice job!

Comment by indiaindiana

Well, living in India allows you the privilege of going shopping for fun fabric and dropping it off at the tailor… I envy you that, my dear! All the fun of fabric shopping with none of the blasted measuring and ironing (my least favorite part of sewing).

Comment by jaymers

What a cute idea! It turned out great, and I wish I could sew.

Comment by RFL

Why thank you! I am a sewing hack, but I love it. Seriously, I get all giddy like I did back in kindergarten when we made ashtray “pinch pots” back in art class. So fun to have a finished “product” to show my friends.

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