Saturday, July 16, 2011

My "Early Morning Skirt" Tutorial

I am so excited about these! This A-line skirt (with a yoga style waistband) is made from two thrifted t-shirts. They are fast, easy, cheap, and flattering! It can't get much better than that! This little "recipe" will work for kids too. A few of you asked for a tutorial, and because they are so easy, I decided to whip one up. (By whip one up I mean that I made it up at night, when three of my kids were asleep and the lighting was terrible. Sorry about that.)

To start you need two coordinating old t-shirts (one of mine is a polo style shirt made out of jersey). The shirt that you will be using for the skirt part needs to be a couple of sizes bigger than what you would normally wear in a normal tee (so if a M fits you, you will need at least an XL for this). The shirt that you plan to use for the waistband can be your size or larger.

 Measure your waist where you will be wearing the waistband, and then take 3 1/2 inches off of that, now divide that in half (because you need a front and back). From the hem of your waistband-shirt measure up 13" and cut. Now using the measurement you have just figured for your waist, cut two panels that width (you will be cutting the width of the shirt, not the hem, the hem will be used as the finished edge of the yoga band). 

Measure from your waist to wherever you want your skirt to hit your leg, this is your length measurement. Using that measurement, measure from the hem of your skirt-shirt up and cut. Now fold the skirt and yoga waist in half long ways and lay together (as shown). Measure over 1" from where the waistband meets the skirt (A) and lay down your ruler (B), taper the ruler out to the end of your skirt (C) to create your A-line and cut.

Sew up the sides of your skirt and waistband with right sides facing.

Fit the skirt wrong side out inside of the waistband wrong side out (as shown).

Pin side seams to side seams, center front to center front, and center back to center back.

Sew or serge the waistband to the skirt stretching the waistband a bit to fit the skirt.

You now have yourself a super cool, quick and easy, summer skirt that you will never want to take off. There is a much better tutorial at Sew-Mama-Sew for a gathered style "Yoga Skirt" that you can make from knit fabric. I prefer the an A-line to a gathered waist because it is more flattering on me, but some of you may like this one better. :) If you have any questions just let me know and I will add the answers back to the post. Happy skirt sewing friends! xo, Sam


Melody said...

Thanks for posting this!

Do you think it would work as a maternity skirt, as long as I made the necessary adjustments for a big belly? It seems like it would, but I'm still a little hesitant to just try it......

Julia said...

What a great idea!

Cherishing My Days said...

Woo hoo! Thanks!

Ginny Carter said...

Sam, I have been out of town to the National Bible Quiz Finals. This morning I got caught up on all your wonderful blogs. I love them all. They make me feel warm and fuzzy.

mandi said...

thank you for this tutorial! i am for sure making some of these this week!