How to Make a Belted Skirt from a Men's Dress Shirtcomments (19) April 9th, 2009
I love being green, but I also want to look chic and modern. So when I make garments from thrift-store finds, the last thing I want my new fashion to look like is recycled. Items you see a ton of in thrift stores are men's dress shirts. I've made projects with these in the past, and they have always turned out fantastic. You might remember the little black dress I created on the cover of CraftStylish magazine.
Much like that item, I started with a men's dress shirt. But for this skirt, I thought a straight hem at the bottom would be best, which is most commonly found in men's short-sleeved shirts. My find even had cute 2-inch vents at each side and was made of a very soft linen. So when you're scouring the racks, if you want yours to look like mine, skip those with a shirttail hem and pick up one with a straight bottom. Also, your skirt will be from the armpit of the shirt to the hem, so make sure that's long enough for you.
What you'll need:
- One men's dress shirt with a straight hem, wide enough to be gathered at your waist, long enough from the armpit to the hem for the skirt
- Sewing machine and thread
- 1/2-inch elastic about 30 inches long
- Large safety pin
1. Lay your shirt down, folded in half lengthwise. Following a ruler, cut straight across the shirt, from under the armpit to the buttons. This bottom piece is your skirt.
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3. Combine the belt pieces to form two strips that are roughly 24 inches long by 5 inches tall. Press the seams flat where they were connected. Fold one strip in half with right sides together and sew, forming a long tube. Stitch one end closed and repeat on the other strip. Turn the tubes right side out and press flat.
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