Men's Shirt to Skirt Refashion // With Waistband & Zipper

This tutorial will show you how to make use of those men's shirts you may have laying around the house. You can even pick up a few cheap ones from your local thrift store to try this out. I had a stash of shirts that my husband didn't want anymore. I also have a stash that my dad gave me, so you'll be seeing a few refashioned skirts around the blog. :)


1. Cut your skirt where you want. I suggest cutting it right under the armpits. I cut it a little above that. 

2. Sew those sides closed. 

3. To make the skirt longer, I made a grey ruffle with lace trim. This is totally optional though and I suggest you add this later on, if you wish to do so. I'll let you know during this tutorial when you should add it. :)

5. Next, chop off both sleeves.

6. Also, chop off those cuffs. Save them for a later project. :)

7. Sew the two sleeves together as shown and cut into a rectangle. This is the start of your new waistband. Since I wanted a 1" waistband, I made this rectangle about 3" to account for seam allowance and folding in half. The length of the it depends on your waist measurement. For example Mine was 28", so I made it 29" to account for seam allowance.

8. Along both edges, fold twice and press.

9. To shape your new skirt, you can do one of two things. You can try it on and pin it, or you can lay a skirt that fits you over the new skirt and pin along the sides. Honest truth? I just eyeballed it, pinned, and sewed haha. :) Afterwards, I cut off the excess fabric and zig zag stitched.

Look, this is what the new waistband will look like when attached to your new skirt. Save it for a few steps later. I will show you how to attach your zipper first.

10. Remember in step 3, I said I had added a grey ruffle for length? Well, don't add it just quite yet. When I made this skirt, I added the ruffle BEFORE doing this step. I mean, you can add it, it's just easier if added a few steps later. 

So in order to add in a zipper, you need to make a new seam. Simply cut through the center back of your skirt as shown. *If you added a ruffle, DON'T cut through it. Just seam rip a few inches to the left and right of the cut seam and sew it closed later.

11. Next step is to put in the zipper.

Here is how to sew on the zipper. 

12. Sew one side of the zipper first.

13. Once you reach towards the end of the zipper...

... simply pull it up and finish sewing the rest of the zipper. :) Don't sew all the way down, leave a little un-sewed in order to close the seam.

14. Now, it's time to sew the other side of the zipper. Sew it on as shown.

Close up look.

How the zipper will look like when it's sewed on and closed. 

15. Okay, now back the waistband! 

Here it what it looks on the inside of the skirt, when pinned.

And this is what it looks like the on outside of the skirt.

Finally, this is how it looks like on the front. :)

16. The final step is to conceal the zipper and fold the waistband.

Fold down the waistband with the top of the zipper inside. Then, sew along the entire waistband.

How it'll look on the outside when finished.

All done!


How to Make & Sew Raglan Sleeves

If you want to sew some sleeves, but want to spice it up a bit, try a raglan sleeve. :)
I didn't think it would work when I first tried it, but it ended up working in my favor. I probably should've read some tutorials, but couldn't find one that could work for me. See, I already had the shirt, but I wanted to convert the short sleeves to raglan sleeves. 

1. Figure out where you want your raglan sleeves to begin. Use a measuring tape or something straight to mark that line with some tailor's chalk.

2. Mark that line in the back too.

3. Cut out the sleeves. You can leave the neckline binding alone (as shown) or cut it all the way through if you won't be using it in your project. 
***I could've just cut it all the way through since I didn't end up using the neckline binding in my final project.***

4. Angle your fabric a bit, and place underneath your sleeve opening on the shirt. Mark around it. Don't cut yet! Leave some room for seam allowance. I usually leave around 1/2". 

5. I cut an extra piece for the back part of the sleeves. Notice how the raglan sleeve is a tad bit higher on the back of the shirt?

6. See that little piece poking out on the back of the sleeves? That's what I'm referring to in Step 5.

7. Pin sleeves to the armholes (right sides of fabric touching). Sew. Ta da!


"Grandma's Gingham" Dress Refashion

Okay so for some reason this print reminded me of a cute little old lady sitting in her rocking chair knitting a cozy sweater. My mind then started drifting to that Spongebob episode where he wanted to be treated as an adult and his grandma started to treat him as one, but he later regrets it. Random, I know, but that's a little piece of where I got the name inspiration from. 

I got this dress from the children's section at a thrift store for only $2! Yay for thrift stores! Seriously.

This is what the dress looked like before:

 1. Measure the sweep of the dress on one side. Double this number. Add 2 inches to this number. You'll see why later.

2. Cut out a rectangle like this: (not pictured)

-Width: The measurement from #1.
-Length: How much you want to lengthen the dress.

3. Zig Zag stitch (or serge if you have a serger) all around the fabric so it won't ravel.

4. Sew all along where the pins are at. Be sure to leave some extra fabric so you can close it up!

5. Sew the extra fabric.

6. Just hem it and you're done!


"City Gypsy" Dress to Skirt Refashion

When I first finished this skirt I was having trouble matching this skirt, but now I have several pieces to match in mind.

Anyways, this was just one really long maxi dress. Take a look at the pictures below: 

Step 1: I used a matching piece of fabric for the top. I wanted to leave the print on the bottom since it was already hemmed! 

Step 2: I sewed and trimmed the side of the top piece to close it up. 

Step 3: It was time to connect the top piece and the bottom piece! 

Step 4: Next, elastic was put in. First I measured the width of my waistband. Pin around a piece of the elastic to get your ideal width. If it's too wide, the fabric will bunch up. If it's too thin, the elastic will bend and twist. 

Once I sewed all around, I used a safety pin to insert the elastic all around the waistband.

It will look like this once you're done!

Step 5: Now onto the sewing machine to sew the elastic shut.

Something like this...It was late. I could've sewn it better LOL.

Afterwards, I just closed up the remaining part of the waistband and I was done! 

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