November 14, 2012

Refashionista Day 3 - with me

Today it's my turn to refashion something.  It was two years ago that I created the Upcycled T-shirt Dress and since it's been such a hit, I thought I'd try and create a variation on it.  So, I kind of merged the Upcycled T-shirt Dress with my Simple Summer Skirt to come up with this Upcycled T-shirt Skirt.

So here's a how-to if you'd like to make your own.  I gathered some t-shirts in colors and prints I liked.

I cut 3 strips of each color.  The strips were 3" wide and 9" long.  (This skirt is about a 2T, so you can  adjust accordingly.)

I picked a rotation I liked of the fabrics and sewed them all together.  (I chose not to expose the seams because I cut the strips vertically from the shirts and that meant that the fabric didn't all roll at the edges creating cute exposed seams like it does when you cut it horizontally.)  The sewing will go by more quickly if you have a snack nearby and I never sew without a toy light saber handy.

After sewing all the strips together they may not look perfect.... you can trim them up a little with your rotary cutter.

I decided to spice up some of the plain fabric with polka dots.  I used fabric paint and an eraser to make the dots.  I also stamped "ROAR" on the bottom of a couple of strips.  It's probably best to stamp the fabric before sewing it, but I was anxious to get sewing when I made it.

To create the waistband I cut a piece 6" tall and 18" long.  Just sew the ends together as shown....

...and then fold it over itself like this to create the waistband.  (Alternatively, you could also use a wide strip of elastic as your waistband.)

To attached the skirt you need to sew a basting stitch along the top so you can gather it.  (That just means a regular stitch, but you can make the stitch bigger and don't reverse to lock the stitch.  You want to be able to pull the thread and then cinch the skirt.)

After gathering the skirt to the right size you can pin it onto the waistband and then it's ready to be sewn on.  Use a zigzag stitch to attach it so that the waistband will still stretch.  Pull out the basting stitch carefully or don't even worry about it if you can't see it.  (I left the bottom of the skirt un-hemmed because it's knit and it won't fray.)

Your skirt is done!  It's comfy and hopefully you used some of your t-shirt stash in the process.  For another variation, you could sew the skirt right to a shirt to create a dress.  I decided to make it a skirt so it could be mixed and matched.

Dress it with a fun tee (tutorial to come on the glitter peter pan collared tee) and some leggings (turning  knee socks into leg or arm warmers tutorial HERE).

Can you tell there's a part of me that's hoping it's a girl?  I will always love making boy stuff, but it would be fun to sew for a girl, too.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you're enjoying the series.  There's lots more fun to come.  See you tomorrow.


  1. Love this!! Girls are super fun to dress =)

  2. LOVE IT! Already pinned it. So so so clever!

  3. so much fun - I wonder if I could use outgrown onesies for a size 1 skirt hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  4. Great idea! Thanks for the adorable skirt.

  5. I love this!! So cute!! And I can't for the tutorial for the tee. I am a total sucker for a Peter pan collar.

  6. Fantastic idea Cheri! And I'd love for you to have a little girl to dress. I had 2 boys and then a girl and it has been a ton of fun. Now she is 20 mos and has a lot of hair that I have to fix. Haven't built that time into my morning routine yet :) I'm loving "Refashionista"!

  7. SO cute! I hope you have a girl Cheri! I am off to check out that baby legs tutorial. I need to make a dozen of those! :)

  8. Oh and can't wait for the glitter collar shirt tutorial. SO cute!

  9. That is SO stinkin cute!!! I wish I hadn't gotten rid of all my scrap fabric before I moved now I am going to have to go through stuff and find some to make Millee one of those! Way to go....sick and all! That's impressive!

  10. I wish I had a little girl to make that for. My middle son might wear it for a little while LOL He seems to like dresses and pretty shoes when we go to the store until his big brother tells him "that's girl clothes" and gives him the look. Then my youngest says "Oh OK" I'm working hard on using up my yarn stash and knitting the necessities for my family.

  11. LOVE this so much. I totally need to make some!

  12. Sooooo cute! I need to make one (or several) for my daughter. She will be in love!

  13. I LOVE everything about this outfit. I want to make one for my girls.

  14. I LOVE everything about this outfit. I want to make one for my girls.


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