Lazy Saturdays

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

A very large men’s dress shirt {mine was XXXL}
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:
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:
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.
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.
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!
A skirt made from a men’s shirt! Easy right?
And you don’t even have to hem it.

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Anja says:

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

Ashley says:

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

Tamsyn says:

definitely trying that! thanks :)

Danielle says:

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

Masonite says:

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 says:

Krista you are BRILLIANT!

Rachel says:

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


Fictitious Fashion says:

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

InkedandSewn says:

OMG! i love this!!!

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

check it out!

xx Jess James

Plami says:

Very creative! Love the idea!

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januarysublime says:

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

The Pink Birdie says:

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

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Meghan says:

I made this skirt a day ago and it looks soo cute! Mine turned out a little shorter than yours but still super nice.

lazysaturdays says:

Yay!!! I’m so glad it worked out! Thanks for sharing. I love hearing success stories :)

Jacqui says:

Just made a skirt today for my daughter for World Book Day from a shirt I bought in a Charity Shop. It wouyldn’t have turned out nearly as good if I hadn’t googled and found your blog! Thanks

lazysaturdays says:

Thank you so much for sharing! I LOVE hearing when my tutorials are used! I’m so glad it turned out well :)

Jacqui says:

Oh, and I sewed it all by hand too!

Christie says:

Hi! thanks you for this tutorial!! I just made my skirt (miniskirt) … because my shirt wasn’t big enough…. well, it was the first time! Next time it will turn out better! Thank you!

lazysaturdays says:

You are welcome! Thanks for sharing! I love hearing when this tutorial is used! I do have a tutorial for the same skirt but it uses a smaller men’s shirt if you’re ever in that situation again. Here’s the link:

But I saw your blog post, and it looks great! You did a wonderful job adapting the tutorial to your smaller shirt :)

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Karin says:

I’m working on this project, at the waistband step and noticing that my shirt is quite wide at the top- I’m a size 4. I’m still going to use elastic but think ill have to put in some pleats or something. Where would you recommend gathering so it will fall nicely?

lazysaturdays says:

Hi Karin! Hmmm… interesting question. I’ve never run into this problem. Instead of darts, I would suggest taking the sides in by trimming off fabric along the side seams. With the gatherings, I think darts would add bulk in the fabric, and who wants extra bulk around their waist? If you’re set on using darts though, I would recommend placing them at the typical places where darts in skirts are: two along the front and two along the back. Check out your favorite skirts in your closet as a guide if you need one. I hope this helps you! Good luck!

Karin says:

Well I went without pleating and it is a little wide in the hips- but I probably should have brought the side seams in a little more when I sewed them up. Comparing it to a skirt first would have been best, but I’m making one because I don’t have a skirt! Ha! Will still look great with a belted cardigan. Thanks!

lazysaturdays says:

I’m glad it will still look great! My favorite way to wear mine is with a belt and cardigan :) If you decide to make another one, lay your current skirt over the shirt and make sure to cut it smaller. That one will then fit you much better! I hope you’re loving your new skirt!

susan says:

I just found your blog today and already see several things I want to make! I’m a brand new sewer, so please have patience :-). It states to cut off the sleeves and collar and then sew up the jagged seams on the side. In order to first cut those seams, do I just use my hip measurements plus like another inch for seam allowance, 1/2 inch on each side?

lazysaturdays says:

Yes! You could do that! Or you could also use a skirt that fits you well as a guide. I would start big, than take in the sides as needed until you have the perfect fit. Good luck! I love new sewers!

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