DY(S)G: Guest Tutorial- Tee to Skirt Refashion

Please welcome Megan from Brassy Apple! Megan is a very creative mama! You'll love her work so don't forget to stop on by and check out her blogs and store!
Dress your school girl
Get your "refashion" on with me today! Hi, I'm Megan from Brassy Apple and the I AM photo blog. I am also helping my 10 year old daugther develop her talents and passions with her new business – Brassy BlossomJust a little "bud" creatively blossoming.
I love to Re-Fashion! It's simple, quick and you are re-using a piece you already have and/or already love! You can whip up this "TEE"zer skirt in no time! It's comfortable, original and eye catching! She will love it and so will her friends! Tshirt skirt 1 
1 t-shirt
measuring tape
sewing machine
nylon chiffon or tulle 
Tshirt before
Tshirt skirt 4
Step 1: Cut the t-shirt just under the sleeves. Determine the length you want the knit part of the skirt to be (from waist to just below bum) and add 1 inch for the casing. Measure and cut the t-shirt to that measurement. (My measurement was 10.5 inches) 
Tshirt cut
Step 2:  Cut your chiffon or tulle in long strips so you can gather it a bit. I like create this skirt with 2 layers of chiffon or tulle. (I cut mine to be 8" high by whatever length I had on hand). The great thing about chiffon and tulle is you can slightly overlap the materials or "snug" them up close together when 1 strip runs out to create a continuous look. 
Tshirt skirt 5
Step 3: Gather the fabric but running a basting stitch along the top of the strip. Do NOT back stitch at either end. Pull the thread from the underside of the fabric to gather or ruffle it. You can gather it a bit or a lot depending on the look you want how much material you are working with.
Step 4: Place the fabric 1" up from the bottom of the skirt piece. Pin into place all the way around. Using a straight or zig zag stitch sew the ruffled fabric to the skirt piece sewing over the stitching line creating from ruffling it.
Step 5: Fold the top edge of the skirt piece over 1" and pin to create a casing for the elastic to go through. Sew the casing leaving about a 2 – 3" opening. Thread your elastic through, sew the ends of the elastic together and then sew the opening closed. 
Tshirt casing
The skirt is done! It is meant to be worn with leggings underneath it. Just a fun pop of color in a lightweight, flouncy, girlie skirt!
If you sew one up, share a photo in the Brassy Apple flickr group! I'd love to see it! Stop by and say hello sometime or see all the other tutorials on have on my site or pick up one of my ready made designs or pattern in my shop!
Thanks Megan! What a fun skirt! 

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  1. Heather says

    Really cute! I’ve got girls from 9 months to 8 years to sew for, and this looks like it can adapt to many sizes.

  2. Rebecca says

    I would consider using blanket binding to make a pocket for the elastic. It would keep more of the tee shirt design in tact. Very cute idea. I’m sure I will be using it to extend the life of my daughter’s favorite shirts.