Man’s Shirt Skirt

4 Feb

My husband and I currently live in married seminary housing. He graduates this spring so we are almost done! Yay! We have a little area in the building’s entryway where other tenants place clothes they are sick of or just don’t want anymore. Other people pick through the new clothing and take what they want. It has been an incredible source of fun for me. I get clothes to cut up and work with and I don’t even have to go to a garage sale or thrift store.

Here is a skirt I whipped up out of a men’s dress shirt. It was Banana Republic. And yes, it was very hard to cut into a shirt that I know cost someone an arm and a leg. But hey, no one wanted the shirt and it makes a super cute skirt for Aleah.

Cut off the sleeves to a man's button up dress shirt

(I don’t have pictures for each step, but here are the instructions)

1.Cut off the top and bottom of the shirt

2.Turn the shirt inside out and lay it flat

3. Come in a few inches from each side of the shirt and pin a line from top to bottom (the farther in from the edge, the tighter the skirt will be).

4. Sew a straight-line stitch from top to bottom along the pins and trim the excess fabric

5.  Fold the bottom up a couple times and zigzag stitch it to make the bottom seam.

6.  Measure  17 inches of elastic and sew it into the top for a waistband

7.  For a little more fun I sewed some ribbon on the bottom of the skirt and top of the pocket.


4 Responses to “Man’s Shirt Skirt”

  1. jenny jolin February 5, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    caitlyn I am so impressed! I love your creative ideas! I have been wanting to do that myself. I have several things saved that I “will use sometime” to make some thing new but I don’t know when that “sometime” will come. You are inspiring to me! What kind of sewing machine did you get? I would love to get one! Way to go! We also want to do composting for our garden this year. I will have to get some tips from you guys! Good luck! Miss seeing you guys!

    • Caitlyn February 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

      Jenny, We miss seeing you guys too! Yeah it is definitely hard to find times to sew. I have a couple bins of future projects just waiting for me. I have a Sewist 625E. It is really user friendly and I like it a lot. Jared will post something on composting when he gets a chance and we would love to help you out with your garden.

  2. Tonia February 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    Ummmmm I’d like to order one in size 2 please!!!!!! 🙂

    • Caitlyn February 9, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

      of course, anything for you my dear =)

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