Today is a really fun day for all you refashioners out there! There are ten amazing bloggers that have taken a men’s button up shirt, refashioned it, and made a tutorial for you! The item was then sent to one of the other bloggers. Next week, we will all post pictures of us wearing our new clothes. Cool huh?! Today there are tutorials on all our sites of our creations! Talk about a crazy inspirational day! Be sure to check out the tutorials from the following bloggers: Jennifer of Grainline Studio, Liz of Cotton & Curls, Megan of Megan Nielsen Designs, Melissa of I Still Love You, Miranda of One Little Minute, Miriam of MadMim, Kate of See Kate Sew, Sunni of A Fashionable Stitch, and Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking. I’m so honored to be a part of this swap! I got to make something for the adorable Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking. And now on to my tutorial…making a skirt from a small men’s shirt.
My most popular tutorial so far has been, hands down, how to make a skirt from a men’s shirt. It’s easy and fun to make! But there was one common thing that people ran into… to make that specific skirt, you need a very large men’s shirt. Some people only had a smaller size laying around and some would accidentally make the skirt out of a smaller shirt and then the skirt would be too small for them. I set out to solve the problem. So here’s a tutorial on how to make a skirt from a normal sized men’s shirt! It’s funky and fun and I thought it would look darling on Suzannah! To make the skirt, you will need one long sleeved men’s shirt.
1. Lay the shirt nice and flat. Cut off sleeves and set aside. 2. Cut of the top of shirt just below the collar. Discard or save for another project. 3. Turn inside out and lay flat again. If your shirt had a back pleat, cutting off the top of the shirt will release some extra fabric. That’s okay! Just make sure your side seams are what are laying flat, the excess fabric can be bunched up in the back. 4. Draw a slightly curved line along the sides of the shirt as a guide. I drew mine heavily in white chalk so you could see an example. If doing this free hand makes you nervous, use a skirt you own as a guide to draw the line. Pin along the line.
5. Sew along the line and trim off excess fabric. Press the seams you sewed. (Optional: if you have a serger, you can finish the edges here.) Now, if you’re okay with leaving the hem of the skirt as is (curved), you can move on. If you want the hem to be a straight line, cut off the bottom curves of the shirt and hem the bottom. I did this for this skirt. You can see in picture nine that my hem is straight. I’ve made this both ways. Both look awesome! You can see the skirt with the curved hem here. 6. Now take out one of the sleeves. Cut up along the seam and lay flat. 7. Cut the sleeve into a rectangle. Use a ruller if needed. (Optional: serge the sides.) 8. Get the body of the shirt and unbutton it. Take the sleeve, and pin it to the side with the buttons. Make sure the cuff and the hem of the skirt align. Sew and press.
9. Pin the remaining side of the sleeve to the side of the shirt with the button holes. Sew and press. 10. Now your skirt is almost done! You just need to finish the waist band. I gave this skirt an elastic waist. First I trimmed all the uneven edges from the top. Then I folded over the fabric 1/4″ and then again the width of my elastic and sewed along the top leaving about 2″ open to feed the elastic thru. Feed the elastic thru with the aid of a handy safety pin and fit to your waist. Sew the ends of the elastic together and close up the 2″ hole. You’re done!!! If your shirt is really small, you can make this using both the sleeves instead of one by stitching them together. Happy sewing!
Be sure to check out all the outfits next week! They’re sure to be adorable! Here’s the schedule:
- Monday, May 21st: Liz of Cotton & Curls and Krista of Lazy Saturdays (The two pregnant gals)
- Tuesday, May 22nd: Sunni of A Fashionable Stitch and Kate of See Kate Sew
- Wednesday, May 23rd: Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking wearing this skirt and Miranda of One Little Minute
- Thursday, May 24th: Miriam of MadMim and Melissa of I Still Love You
- Friday, May 25th: Megan of Megan Nielsen Designs and Jennifer of Grainline Studio