Somehow I managed to find two identical shirts at the thrift store on two separate trips that were months apart. I had worn the first shirt until it was starting to stretch out and so I snagged its twin as a backup. Only, it wasn't quite identical....it was actually a size smaller than my original and slightly tighter than I liked. But the color and fabric was so pretty, I decided that someday they would come in handy and put them away for a rainy day.
Well this week I finally decided that the rainy day had come.
two long sleeve knit shirts
(my shirts are a soft, kinda swishy, rayon/spandex blend - look for shirts that drape nicely)
I first cut out each shirt's front and back panel into large rectangles.
Next I cut the sleeves from one shirt and squared their edges.
From here, I:
1) sewed the sleeves together to form a continuous circle
2) sewed the large panels together along their vertical edges
3) gathered the top of the panels
4) stitched the skirt to the waistband
and ta da!
I decided to center the gathers in the center, front and back, so that the skirt looks identical from both sides. I also ended up tapering the waistband so it fit more snugly and stayed up!