As I gaze upon the photo above, I realize: that is my grandmother's standard photo pose.
::takes a moment to retrieve brain parts which have exploded::
Okay. Hello, friends! Today is How-Tuesday, and I'm going to show you just how damn easy it is to make a skirt from a thrift-store t-shirt! SO CHEAP AND EASY I'M NOT EVEN KIDDING.
I found that shirt in a thrift store on 99 cent t-shirt day. Making a skirt like this is so easy, you won't even believe it, until you see it.
Let's see it.
Step 1: Cut open the top of the shirt, starting at the neck hole, and cut along the shoulder seam toward the sleeve. Cut an even amount on each side, then shimmy it up your hips to see if it fits. (I am not showing this step. Ain't nobody got time to see me in my underpants.) Keep cutting bit by bit (even amounts on each side!) until you can shimmy it up over your hips, to your waist.
This photo shows that cut. The back part of it you see there has not been folded down, which happens in Step 2.
Step 2: Fold down the top where you just cut, on each side, to make it quasi-straight. Perfection is not necessary here. (For me, with sewing? It rarely is.)
Step 3: Draw a chalk line straight down the sides, from the edge of your top opening, all the way down to the bottom, ensuring you are INSIDE the sleeves. Draw the line all the way to the bottom. All the way. Just trust me on this. Allllll the way down. Do the same on the other side.
All the way down. Chalk line. Inside the sleeves.
Step 4: Using a zig-zag stitch in a contrasting color, stitch all the way down from the neck hole edge (where you started your chalk line), all the way down to the bottom.
TIP: Use the lines in the presser foot to line up your sewing line. Line line line.
Step 5: Sew around the waistband at the top. Try to keep it as straight as you can. Again, use the lines of the presser foot, or the edge of it, to keep things quasi-straight.
Step 6: Cut off the sleeves and all the extra fabric on the outside of your sewing line. Cut close to your stitching, but don't cut into it! If you do, you will have to re-sew that part, and it might not look quite right in that part, ever again. (Ask me how I know. Sigh.) Turn it right-side-out.
Step 7: Put it on! Your skirt is finished, if you are like me, and you have a little bit of a mom-gut there, and you prefer to un-tuck your shirts. Really, this is an "overblouse" type of skirt in any case. If you want to sew some small elastic in the top of the waistband, please do so (just fold over the waistband, stitch it while leaving two ends open, then run the elastic through and stitch the ends of it, stitch the waistband closed on the ends, done).
Step 8: Pose like every photo you've ever seen of your grandmother showing off a new dress, scream, pour yourself a glass of wine, get over it.
See? I told you--easy as pie! Grandma also taught me how to make pie--we'll save that for another post. Have you made a t-shirt skirt like this? Do you have questions? Let me know in the comments.
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Who writes this?
Hi, I'm Amy Kalinchuk. I am an author, publisher, crafter, entrepreneur, roller derby skater, wife, mom, and friend. I try to be organized and maintain an air of enviable breezy elegance. I do not always succeed. But crafting? I can do that. And small business. I can do that, too. So can you! No, seriously, you can do this! I'll show you.