I found this clearance long-sleeve t-shirt in the boys section for $.97. Really!
I wear anywhere from a women’s size 4 to size 8 (don’t you hate that clothes sizes are not standardized?!). This XL boys tee made a not-too-tightly-fitting skirt for me.
I had seen a great tutorial on Make It & Love It . When I saw the $.97 t-shirt, I figured I’d give the tutorial a try. I’m not a confident seamstress, but for $.97, I figured why not.
Hey, did I mention it was only $.97?
Repurposing a T-shirt into an Upcycled Skirt
I followed the Make It & Love It tutorial, but here are my changes.
I cut the t-shirt as close to the armpits as I could (I’m a modest mom of teens, so I didn’t want a short short skirt).
Because it was a long-sleeve t-shirt, I decided to use the sleeves as the waistband (plus, I couldn’t sacrifice any of the length of the skirt to make the waistband). I cut the sleeve off the shirt, cut the cuff off the sleeve and then cut the sleeve into an even band. If one sleeve isn’t long enough to make the waistband, just sew the two cropped sleeves together and then cut that down to the size waistband you need.
I have never sewn anything but a straight stitch and I wasn’t brave enough to attempt a zigzag stitch yet. I simply sewed two rows of straight stitching close together. (So far, it’s held up fine).
Pay attention when you attach the waistband to the skirt. I did it backwards so the finished seam was inside the skirt and had to rip the entire seam out (both rows of stitching!) and redo it. Ugh!
The second time around I got it right. Whew.
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It’s super comfortable and the perfect summer skirt. If you pay attention when attaching the waist band, it really is an easy sewing project. I’m very happy with the comfy, cute result. And did I mention that it was only $.97!
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