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Friday, August 3, 2012

A Skirt from Two Shirts

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 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!



  1. I love this skirt! I really like the use of the sleeves as a waistband. Simple and fun! Awesome :)

  2. This is awesome! Great work. Thanks for the follow. I'm following back!

  3. I love this skirt! So cute :o) Thanks for linking up with the Creative Headquarters Blog glad to meet you!

  4. This is so cute and creative! I am totally going to follow your blog and share it next week on my Wednesday Weekly Review #5!

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