Friday, October 1, 2010

Old Shirt = New Skirt

I've been hanging around you bloggers for too long.
But, that's a good thing!
This shirt was in a pile of clothes that was being given away.

A few stains, a bit stretched out, nothing too horrible.

As I was folding it, I thought "Boy, the bottom of this shirt would make a cute skirt!"
Which was immediately followed by the thought "and I wouldn't have to do all the gathering!"

I am constantly blown away by all you bloggers who refashion shirts, dresses, all kind of clothes, into some other beautiful item to wear. Then you share them with all of us and often tell us how you did it.

Just because.

So, I decided to try it.

First, I cut the bottom off of the shirt. I left enough fabric so I could fold it over to make my waistband. I first thought about adding on my own waistband but then figured I was just making work for myself.

I do have to admit, yeah, just keeping it real. I did mess up this step a bit. I was using 3/4 inch elastic so I brilliantly said "ok, my waistband needs to be an inch wide and I need about 1/4 to sew with." I then proceeded to cut up 1 1/4 inches totally forgetting that I had to fold over the fabric and it should have been 2 1/4 inches. Well, I really wanted to use a smaller elastic anyways. Chalk it up to rushing and the kids playing all around me.

I folded over the fabric I had cut, sewed close to the edge and then threaded my elastic through.

You know my mantra....quick and easy and my daughter loves it! A great skirt for the fall.

Now to use the scraps to fix up a shirt to match. The shirt had ties in the back that I removed so I have those, the trim around the neckline and the plain brown knit. I'd love to hear your ideas and suggestions.

Friday is a busy day for parties-I love, love, love to see everyone's projects and ideas.

I'm linking up to these parties
Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, 30 Days Pity Party Friday, Look at Me Party at Fun to Craft, I'm Loving It Fridays at Tidy Mom, Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello

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Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

You did a great job!!! I like it so much better as a skirt. Hurray for you. :) Thanks so much for linking up with me. :)

Mrs Mary Joy Pershing said...

That is SO cute!!! Thanks for your honesty! Makes me feel breathe easier as I do things like that too!

Visiting from Amanda's Party!

- Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl said...

That is cute! And can't wait to see the shirt that you embellish with the scraps.


Mandy England said...

This is so cute! you did a wonderful job.. love how it turned out! :]

Juli Fish said...

I admire your craftiness. I love this idea and what an adorable skirt!

Amy said...

that is an amazing way to use a shirt. I hope you stop by on Friday for my Round Robin this would be a great share.. Enjoy your day..

Amy said...

how is it going..

Michelle @Flying Giggles said...

Very good and creative! It is nice being able re-use like that. I might have to give that a try!

Susie B. Homemaker said...

What a great idea, and good job... it looks adorable as a skirt!

Amy said...

Thanks for linking this up to the Round Robin. Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

I wish I could do stuff like this. Zoe has so many shirts I could make into skirts, love this one too cute.

Michelle said...

This is so cute.
I wish I had listened to my mom when she tried to teach me how to sew.

Brandi said...

Cute idea! Turned out great!

Hope you have a great day! coming over from Amy's round robin...