Thursday, December 1, 2011

Let's Refashion!

A few months back, I found this great skirt in my closet and pulled it out to wear.  It was like getting new clothes!!


Until sitting in church, I looked down and remembered why it was in the back of my closet.  A huge stain.  Lovely.  So the rest of the service, {bad...I know} I couldn't help but obsess over what I could make out of it.

A scarf would be fun, right?  Or maybe just shirr it, cut it off and make a skirt for Layne?

Then it was decided.  A T-Shirt Dress! {And headband!}


 Want to know how I made it?

First you can do this with an old skirt or just use fabric {depending on size, you'll need 1/2 yd to 1 yd}.
{I made one for my niece and we needed 2 pieces of fabric that were 20"x20"}

I removed the zipper with my seam ripper {and kept it!  It's a perfectly good zipper!} and cut up the seam of the skirt to open it up.

The skirt was tricky to cut off.  I knew that I wanted to keep the original waistline details, so I cut from the bottom of the skirt.  Since it was kind of like a circle skirt, I couldn't cut it strait for the life of me!


My solution?  Fold it in half, then half again, then half again.  So fold it in eighths, right? Then cut at a slight arc. 

Oh, and to figure the length of the skirt, just hold it up to whomever is going to wear it to see how long you need it.  Add 1 inch for hemming allowances.

Get a thick piece of elastic {at least 1 1/2"} and cut it to fit around the shirt you will be attaching to exactly.  The easiest way to do this is to lay the shirt flat and measure it's width.  Double that number and that will be the length of your elastic piece.
To figure out how much fabric you need, you will need to measure the length of your elastic while it is stretched out.  Tricky, I know.  But it's easiest to fold in half, then stretch it out.  Then double that number.  This will be the width of your skirt waist.

{I'm missing lots of pictures here, so please comment or email if you have questions!}
Hem the bottom of the skirt.  I like to do this by folding the bottom up once 1/4" and ironing it.  Then fold up again and press.  This gives a nice finished edge on the inside.  {If you are using fabric, you will have to do this to the top too}.

Now, sew the side seams together.  You should have what is kind of looking like a skirt :)

Sew the ends of the elastic together so that you have a circle.  

Now is the part that gets tricky.  You need to pin the elastic to the inside of the waistband of the skirt evenly.    I recommend pinning at least 3/4" below the top of the waistband.

It was easiest for me to start with one spot and pin.  Then for your second pin, hold the elastic and skirt straight out from the pin.  Pin these pieces together at the spot.  For your third pin,  find the spot in the elastic and skirt that is right in between the two pins and pin this spot together.  Do this on the other side too{for Pin #4).  Repeat this in between each pin so that you will now have 8 pins total.

This is what the waistband will look like.


Now it's time to sew the elastic to the waistband.  You will need to start sewing at one pin right in the middle of the piece of elastic.  Holding at this pin and the next pin, stretch the elastic out and sew while it's stretched.  Then once you get to the next pin, stop and repeat to the next pin.

Now it's time to attach the skirt to the shirt.  I recommend trying it on at this point to make sure that you have the skirt placement right.  Mark it somehow and then pin the skirt in place.  Sew along the top part of the elastic.  This hides the elastic so that you don't see it when wearing.  I repeated this twice to have three stitch lines.


And there you have it!


Check out that headband made with the scraps too!



  1. Looks pretty cute to me and the model is no exception;)

  2. I LOVE the little ruffle at the top...what a sweet little detail you added!

  3. You are so creative! I love the color and ruffle! I would love for you to link it up to Find Your Craft Friday!!!

  4. Too cute! Great way to reuse and upcycle! So glad you shared at Shine On Fridays!

  5. That's a beautiful dress for your little girl and it's so sweet that it was once your skirt! You passed on some sewing love to her!



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