Thursday, September 15, 2011

how to make a skirt from a men's dress shirt

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Supplies: 
A very large men's dress shirt {mine was XXXL}
Scissors
Pins
Elastic
Safety pin

To start, iron the shirt. This process will go a lot smoother with a de-wrinkled shirt.
Lay the shirt flat and cut off the sleeves and collar like so:
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Turn inside out and sew along the jagged edges to smooth out the side seams of your skirt. You can lay your favorite skirt next to it as an aid if you need. When you're done, press and flip right side out. and it should look like this:
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Now on to the waist band. Fold the top over 1/4" and press. Then fold down the width of your elastic plus another 1/4"ish for some wiggle room. Remove any buttons that are in your way.Top stitch, making sure to leave a couple inches unsewn so you can insert the elastic.
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Measure the elastic around your waist and cut with an additional inch.
Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and shimmy it thru the waist band. Make sure to keep an eye on the other end of the elastic. You don't want it to disappear and have to start over.
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Next, sew your elastic together. I like doing it this way because it lays the flattest in the waist band. Who wants extra bulge there, eh? Once the elastic is sewn, finish sewing those last few inches in your waistband. And you're done!
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A skirt made from a men's shirt! Easy right? 
And you don't even have to hem it. 
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14 comments:

Anja said...

that is such a cool idea and so simple! If only I knew how to use a sewing machine!!! :(

Ashley said...

This is adorable! I can't wait to get a sewing machine and get started!

Tamsyn said...

definitely trying that! thanks :)

Danielle said...

This is a lovely blog! I just read all of your posts! Love your DIYs and will DEFINITELY be trying them out.

Masonite said...

This is the most creative blog that I have ever seen! I love all your stuff and am so happy that I found you!

Brooke Knecht said...

Krista you are BRILLIANT!

Rachel said...

PURE GENIUS!!!!!!!! Can't wait to try that out!!!

xo
rachelsayumi.blogspot.com

Fictitious Fashion said...

Wow.. I'll also do the same thing!! THanks for sharing this :)

http://fictitious-fashion.blogspot.com/
-Akanksha

InkedandSewn said...

OMG! i love this!!!

I have DIY fashion projects too ! ( like how to make a $300 body chain for $15!)

check it out!
www.inkedandsewn.com

xx Jess James

Plami said...

Very creative! Love the idea!

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januarysublime said...

This is amazing! and so simple!! Definitely off to raid the charity shops for some mens shirts! JS xx

http://january-sublime.blogspot.com

The Pink Birdie said...

This is so cool!! I've already picked up a couple of men's shirts to work on. What a great idea!

administrator said...

I'm not sure, but I think I may have missed the part where you add a fastener to the waistband? Did you use velcro?

Hasham Siddiqui said...

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