10 Skirt Refashion Tutorials for Skirting the Issue

July is such a great month for wearing skirts! They’re perfect for summer, easy to throw on after a day at the beach, and they can take you from the pool to date night with a quick accessory change. The lovely ladies at Simple Simon and Co. have an amazing series that they put together every July called Skirting the Issue. You can read all about it over on their site, but they spend the month gathering tutorials for skirts, pillowcases, and quilts. Then everyone who participates sews something to donate to kids in foster care! I love this idea so, SO much. This year I’ve collected 10 tutorials for refashioning skirts out of other materials, everything from shirts to dresses to pants! Most of these are super easy to sew and would be great for re-using materials that have gone unloved or even some of those XXL garments you find on the super clearance racks!

1.Dress to Skirt

This is one of my favorite upcycles that I did a long time ago! I took a thrifted dress that never fit on top and turned it into a skirt in just a few minutes.

2. T-Shirt to Skirt

This awesome tutorial from my girl Melissa at Sew Like My Mom is quick and can be for girls or women. The best part is that it’s so comfy because it doesn’t have an elastic waistband!

3. Jeans to Mini Skirt

Emily from Life Sew Savory turned a pair of jeans into this adorable mini skirt! It looks super easy, and I could imagine wearing this one at an outdoor summer concert!

4. Shirt to Baby Circle Skirt

How adorable is this little circle skirt?? My friend Dana at Sew Thrifty made this one from a t-shirt:  simple and comfy for little ones! You can use this same idea to make a circle skirt for yourself too.

5. Prom Dress to Skirt

I adore this super fun refashion from Fleece Fun! What a great way to use an old prom dress or even a bridesmaid dress that you normally wouldn’t get to wear again.

6. Shirt to Skirt

Here’s a different way to take a T-shirt and make it into a skirt from Make It and Love It. Re-using the existing hem makes it so fast!

7. Flannel Shirt to Skirt

How fun is this cozy upcycle from Randomly Happy Blog? Take a flannel shirt and turn it into a fall or winter skirt! Perfect for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere right now.

8. Sweats to Skirt

Here’s another comfy skirt from It’s Always Autumn. Take a pair of sweatpants and transform them into a skirt! She also has a tutorial for a kid’s version on her blog.

9. Sweater to Skirt

Since we’re talking cozy skirts, this refashion from Pearls and Scissors takes a sweater and turns it into a warm winter skirt. I’m imagining this with tights and tall boots – so cute, right?!

10. Vintage Sheet to Skirt

Here’s another one of mine that I loved – a favorite vintage sheet turned skirt! I added some doilies as pockets for a functional accent. :)

I love taking a garment that’s lost its luster and using it to create something brand new. It’s a great way to breathe new life into something that would otherwise be bound for a landfill! Search through thrift shops and clearance racks (or the back of your closets!) to find your fabric. With so many skirt tutorials to choose from, you should be set! Now get sewing – for yourself and also for Skirting the Issue! Make sure you pop over to Simple Simon and Co to get all the details on what to do with your skirt and to check out all the awesome ideas and inspiration. Love these ladies and their generous hearts!!

Happy sewing, friends!


Vintage Sheet Skirt Tutorial – with vintage doily pockets!

Today I’m so thrilled to be a part of Skirt Week at Crafterhours. There’s so much fun going on over there – lots of amazing tutorials and oh, the prizes!

Here’s the deal, friends. I’m in a super awkward wardrobe phase. If you’ve birthed a baby, you know this stage. The I-don’t-fit-into-maternity-clothes-but-my-regular-clothes-don’t-fit-and-my-body-shape-is-super-weird phase. [if you’re one of those who can wear a bikini within two weeks, though, just pretend to know what I’m talking about, okay?]

So I needed a skirt that I could wear now but would accommodate my changing body shape. And what better to wear in the summer than a flowy vintage-y skirt? [bonus: it’s ridiculously quick to make!]

vintage sheet skirt tutorial \\ if only they would napMaterials:

  • 1 1/2 inch non-roll elastic
  • vintage sheet
  • vintage doilies
  • stretchy t-shirt for lining [optional]

1. Wrap elastic around your waist and cut where it fits comfortably, leaving a little extra for seam allowance. Sew the ends together, so the elastic makes a circle.

DSC_09762. Measure how long you want your skirt to be. Add 1/2 inch for seam allowance at the top. [Use the hemmed bottom of the sheet if possible, then you don’t have to add extra length for your hem] Fold the sheet and wrap it around your waist. You want it to go more than halfway around your body, so that you have room to gather the skirt a little. If you want your skirt to be very gathered, add more width. Cut straight up from the bottom hem.

3. Fold the sheet with the right sides together and sew the side together.

DSC_09794. Gather the top of the skirt. There’s more than one way to do this. I usually sew a basting stitch – lengthen your stitch length and sew a straight stitch along the top of your skirt. Don’t backstitch! Gently pull on one of the threads to gather the fabric. Gather it until it matches up with your circle of elastic. [If you want your skirt to be a little more full and gathered, add a second or even third row of basting stitches]

DSC_0965If your sheet is thin like mine, you might need a lining. I snagged this super stretchy T-shirt from my upcycling stash to make mine. If I held this XL shirt up to my waist, I knew it would fit nearly perfectly as a lining. It’s a little shorter than my skirt, but you can’t tell that when I’m wearing the skirt.DSC_09675. Cut off the sleeves and the neckline.DSC_09686. Serge or zig-zag stitch down the sides. [By using the t-shirt, you don’t have to hem the bottom of this either! Win!]DSC_09817. Layer the lining and skirt around the elastic waistband. With the elastic inside the skirt, the right side of the skirt fabric should be facing the elastic. Pin together and adjust your gathers if necessary. Pin the edge of the elastic along the basting stitch, so that your seam covers it. Sew the elastic to the skirt using your serger or a zig-zag stitch. If you use a zig-zag stitch, use pinking shears to trim off the excess skirt material.DSC_0017Last step… adding vintage doilies as pockets! Obviously these are not super functional. But they’re a great touch and who doesn’t love pockets?!DSC_00228. Fold the doily in half and pin it in place where you want it [try the skirt on before you sew it on, just to make sure it’s in the right spot!] Sew slowly around the edge of the doily.
DSC_0117The perfect summer skirt!DSC_0109Is it wrong to wear this every day? Or should I just make one out of every vintage sheet in my stash? Yes, yes I should..

Thanks for popping in, lovelies! And thanks to Adriana and Susan for having me as part of Skirt Week and making me take time to sew for myself. Yay!crafterhours skirt week 2013 horizontal

Don’t forget to check out all the amazingness over there and enter your skirt to win some of the fantastic prizes!

Dress to Skirt Refashion! [A little tutorial]

Refashion. Upcycle. Thrifting. These could quite possibly be some of my favorite words ever. EVAH. So when I walk through a thrift store, I tend to look with a “what could I do with this?” kind of eye.

Turn an ill-fitting dress into a skirt

I recently found this lovely green sundress:

But as lovely as it was, it didn’t fit. Not. Even. Close. Let’s just say, I’m pretty sure Taylor Swift doesn’t make clothes for nursing mamas… [and p.s. who even knew she had a clothing line?]

Simple fix: cut off the bottom and make it a skirt instead!

I found some non-roll elastic (affiliate link) in my supplies [it’s either 1.5 or 2inches wide]. I wrapped it around my waist to get the length I wanted. I sewed the elastic into a circle an then pinned the skirt around it, gathering as I went along. You could sew a basting stitch along the top of the skirt and gather it to the same size as the circle of elastic. Then serge or zig-zag the elastic to the skirt and boom – you have a new skirt!

I could’ve dyed the elastic but well, that wouldn’t have been quite as simple of a refashion and I’m not a tuck-your-shirt-into-your-skirt kinda girl anyway.

It has pockets! Yay!

[Photo courtesy of my four-year-old photographer]