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How to Make a Skirt from a Mens Shirt

How to make a men's shirt into a skirt | Wellnesting

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I have a weak spot for makeovers.

I really like the challenge of turning trash into treasure, or at the very least, trash into a-step-above-trash. It’s really the challenge part I like, not to mention, I love letting my inner Donatella Versace run free every now and then! So for that reason I keep a whole box of trash-with-major-potential hidden in the back of my closet (Hoarders, here I come!…), and every once in a while I’ll troll through it looking for those treasures that light my fire.

How to make a men's shirt into a skirt | Wellnesting

This time I was inspired by an old button down shirt I swiped from my husband’s Goodwill pile when he wasn’t looking. There’s something so versatile about a crisp button down that makes it suited for nearly any DIY, but after entertaining several ideas (bustier? ruffle shorts? pajama set?) I finally settled on this easy shirt-to-skirt refashion.  Since I’m all about pairing a simple skirt with a light blouse or tank to keep cool these days, it was only fitting that I add one more skirt to my rotation. 

How to make a men's shirt into a skirt | Wellnesting

To make this skirt I used a super simple gathered elastic waist construction, which helps keep both sewing time and skill level to a minimum. And if I’m not feeling the elastic waistband look, it can easily be hidden with a belt or drapey blouse, so I can then hit the mean streets of DC in elastic-free style.

And did I mention the whole thing cost me a whopping zero dollars?  Holla!

Read on to see how I did it.

How to make a men's shirt into a skirt | Wellnesting

What You'll Need

An old button down shirt that's a few sizes too big
Seam ripper
1-inch wide elastic
Pins, sewing machine, matching thread

How to make a men's shirt into a skirt | Wellnesting

How to Do It

  1. First button all the buttons, then lay your shirt on a flat surface and smooth out any creases or wrinkles as best you can. Take your ruler and lay it directly underneath the armpits, draw a line.
  2. Cut along this line -- this will be the top of the skirt where you'll insert the waistband.
  3. Next, find the seams on either side of the freshly cut edge. Using a seam ripper, rip seams about 2 inches down.
  4. Fold the top raw edge over about 1/2 inch and iron flat. Do this all the way around.
  5. Then fold it over another 1.5 inches. Iron. You should now have a tube that's open at both ends through which you can feed the elastic waistband. If your tube isn't open at the ends, use your seam ripper to rip more of the side seam.
  6. Turn your skirt inside out (this will make it easier to sew) and pin the tube along the long edge. Sew this long edge, being sure to leave both ends open.
  7. Figure out how long you want your elastic to be by wrapping some around your waist and making it tighter or looser until it feels comfortably snug. Cut your elastic. Then, using a safety pin and knitting needle (or just your hands!), feed the elastic through the tube. Pin the elastic in place at both ends of the waistband.
  8. Tuck one end of the waistband behind the other and look at the front seam to make sure it lines up correctly. Then simply sew the waistband closed, mirroring the original seam as best you can. It doesn't have to be perfect since no one will be able to see it once you're wearing it anyway. Turn right side out, trim any lingering threads and iron where necessary.

That's it!

How to make a men's shirt into a skirt | Wellnesting

An Easy T-Shirt Makover

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DIY Gem Tee Makeover

Sometimes the easiest DIYs are the best DIYs.  In fact I find this is usually the case, but I quickly forget this when left to my paper macheing/painting/sewing devices. But this past weekend I got back to basics and found simplicity in an off-the-rack white tank, a bit of paint and some glue.  Inspired by the gem trend that’s all over Pinterest these days (which is just a grown up form of bedazzling, if you ask me), I quickly revamped a plain white tee by adding a bit of color and sparkle, and made it the perfect addition to any summer wardrobe -- in all of 30 minutes.

Who doesn’t love a project that can be completed before breakfast? Especially a bedazzled one at that.

DIY Gem Tee Makeover


White tee shirt
Gems in multiple shapes and sizes
Colored spray paint
Waxed paper

DIY Gem Tee Makeover
  1. Roundup all your supplies. I purchased a big pack of various gems at Michael's for $10, but it ended up coming to $6 with a 40% off coupon.
  2. Prior to painting your gems, lay them out on your tee to get a feel for the overall design. This will also give you an idea as to how many gems you will need to paint. Be sure to include a few extras so that if you miscount or if any get smudged you have some extras. I took a picture of my design at this point, which came in handy later when trying to remember the pattern I had chosen.
  3. Prime your gems and let them dry for about 5 minutes. Some primers might take longer, but mine was rather quick-drying so I didn't let them sit for long.
  4. Paint with the color of your choice and dry for another 15 minutes or so. Again, this might take longer depending on your particular brand of spray paint. If you're in a hurry, place them in front of a fan to speed the drying process.
  5. Place a small piece of wax paper between the layers of fabric to prevent any glue from soaking through, then begin gluing your gems to your tee.
  6. Let dry thoroughly before wearing.
DIY Gem Tee Makeover
DIY Gem Tee Makeover
DIY Gem Tee Makeover