How to Make a Cute DIY Skirt-Top You Can Wear in 2 Different Ways

Villamor Twins
by Villamor Twins
8 Materials
2 Hours

For the ultimate in versatility, make this DIY skirt-top. The strange name comes from the fact that you can wear this single piece as a skirt or a top!

Follow along and we’ll show you how to make it, and how to wear it as a wrap skirt or as an off-the-shoulder top. This DIY skirt-top uses basic sewing stitches and is made in just a few simple steps, so let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric marker
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Garter tape
  • Fabric
  • Sewing pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
Cutting out the fabric pieces

1. Cut all fabric pieces

The fabric for the back of the top needs to be wider than for the front of the top, so cut those two pieces separately.

Cut the back piece to measure 23 inches wide and 20½ inches high. Cut the front piece to measure 15 inches wide and 20½ inches high.

Cutting out rectangles of fabric

Cut two rectangles from the fabric, each measuring 6½ x 55-inches. You now have all four pieces that you will need.

Pinning the side seams

2. Sew the bodice of the skirt-top

With right sides facing in, pin the front and back pieces together along the side edges.

Sewing the side seams with an overlock stitch

Sew the two side edges using an overlock stitch.

Pinning the bottom edge

Fold up the bottom edge twice, and pin to hold it in place. 

Hemming the DIY skirt-top

Sew along the hem edge.

Pinning the garter elastic

Pin one end of the garter tape 1 centimeter (0.4 inches) below the inside top edge of the back piece and sew it along the side seam to keep it in place.

Pinning the garter tape

Then pin down the rest of the garter 1 centimeter (0.4 inches) below the top edge, with the ends of the pins facing the other side of the fabric. 

Pinning the casing

Now, fold the top edge down, enclosing the garter tape inside the fold and pin it down again.

Sewing the casing

Sew the garter casing at the edge of the fabric, being careful that you do not sew on the garter tape itself.

Gathering the top edge and pulling the garter tape

When you are done sewing the casing, start pulling the garter tape out of the casing while gathering the top edge of the bodice. 

Sewing down the garter tape

Once you are satisfied with the gathers and size of the top pin the garter tape in place at the side seam and sew it down.

Then fold down the front of the top and sew to match the back, but without any gathering.

Pinning the straps

3. Sew the straps

Fold each strap in half lengthwise, with the right side facing in and pin closed.

Sewing the straps

Sew three sides of each strap together, leaving a gap along the long edge to turn the strap right-side out. On the short edges, instead of sewing straight lines, sew on an angle from the bottom (folded) edge to the top.

Turn the straps right-side out, sew the gap closed and top stitch to seams to make them neat. Then, iron the straps flat.

Attaching the straps to the bodice

4. Attach the straps to the bodice

With the bodice right-side out, mark 2 inches in from the side seams on the front of the bodice.

How to make a skirt and top

Pin and sew the midpoint of the straps at the markings.

DIY skirt-top

Here it is, worn as a wrap skirt, with the straps tied at one side.

How to make a skirt-top

How to make a skirt-top

Here it is as a top with the straps tied on the upper arms. Pretty cool, right? If you make two of these, you can wear the skirt and top together!

Give this DIY skirt-top tutorial a try and let us know in the comments how you liked it.

Suggested materials:
  • Fabric marker
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
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