Stripes on Stripes

Chickie W.U.
by Chickie W.U.
2 Materials
30 Minutes

It is spring and the weather is warm enough for skirts and dresses. (No heavy tights needed!) I made a skirt from a shirt, check it out.

I found a shirt and a sweater that had a lot in common.  They were both navy and coral in color. They were both striped. And they were sitting on the same table. I love these colors and I love stripes so I took them both home with me. The sweater fit well so it didn't need any work. The t-shirt was a little big but it was a nice heavy weight shirt. I already knew what I wanted to do with it.

I cut a skirt shape out of the shirt. The best way for me to do this is to use a skirt I already had and liked as a pattern. I left a bit on the edges as a seam allowance and I got sewing. I turned the 2 skirt pieces inside out and connected the 2 side seams first. 

Then I turned the skirt right side out to add some elastic as a waistband. I measured my waist and cut the elastic to my size. (I connected the ends.) An easy way to make a waistband is to use a zigzag stitch and attach the elastic to the waist of the skirt on the outside. (Pull the elastic gently while sewing and make sure it is evenly attached all around the waist of the skirt.)

The next step is to flip the elastic up and into the skirt. The stitching is not visible anymore. If this elastic was matching or cute I might just leave it like this. (I didn't have any navy blue elastic.) This white elastic is not cute at all so I am not done.

I flipped the elastic up and into the skirt one more time. It will stay put like this when worn. No one but you knows it's there. You could stitch it down is a few places if you want to but I have never bothered. (I learned this from a sewer named Saga.)

Here is a quick video of the waistband. 

I liked how the outfit turned out. The stripes on stripes was fun. The heavy weight of the t-shirt made a great spring skirt. Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.

Suggested materials:
  • Loose fitting T-shirt   (Thrift/Swap/Closet)
  • Elastic   (Sewing Supply Store)

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