Published on July 7th, 2011 | by Karen Lee1
How To: Make a T-Shirt Skirt
You know we love de-contructing t-shirts around here at Crafting a Green World. We’ve made items for babies, adorable skirt for girls and we recommended cool memorable ways to repurpose them. But how about making clothes for adults? That’s easy peasy!
How to make a skirt with a t-shirt
Making a skirt with a t-shirt is just as easy as making the girl’s skirt if you use the elastic waist method. But if you use a larger shirt for the adult size, the waist band would bunch up since there’s more fabric at the waist. So, I wanted to use the “shirring” method for my skirt so that doesn’t happen. If you don’t know how to shir (PDF), you really should try it. It’s so easy and can be very useful for many of your sewing crafts.
Let’s upcycle an adult t-shirt into a skirt!
1. Men’s T-Shirt – XL or 2XL My hip is 36″. For this skirt, I used Men’s Large T-Shirt that was 54″ around the chest – measure the width of the shirt and multiply by two – but I had to wiggle a bit to get into the skirt which is fine since I wanted a slimmer fit. But the safe rule is to have the shirt’s width measurement to be twice your hip’s measurement, like XL or even 2XL. The shirts will be longer so your skirt will be longer too.
3. Elastic Thread
4. 3 Bobbins with elastic thread already wound by hand.
Before you start, practice shirring using the scrap fabric from the t-shirt as every fabric and sewing machine is different. Adjust the tension and width of the stitching to find out how tight or loose your stitching has to be for the shirt you’ll be using. It’s better to test it before you finish your skirt, only to find out it’s too tight around the waist.
To begin, spread out your t-shirt on a flat surface. Don’t worry about any wrinkles, you can iron it after you are finished. If you are using a t-shirt from a Goodwill store, try to use a solid color shirt that is the longest and the largest. My favorite is using up my husband’s old t-shirts.
Next, cut across the shirt below the armpit. If the shirt has a pocket, like this one, just cut through it and take off the leftover portion afterwards. It will be hidden when you shir the waist, so don’t worry about it.