The Great Striped Shirt Challenge: Elastic Skirt

by ilene on April 19, 2011 · 10 comments

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Day 1 of the Great Striped Shirt Challenge:  This week, I’m challenging myself to create projects out of the material of one shirt. The first thing I decided to make was a comfy skirt to celebrate the arrival of spring!  We’ve endured a very long, harsh winter here in New England and any temperature over my age is reason to bust out warm weather clothes.  I drove around with my car windows down for the first time yesterday!   I came up with this shirred elastic waist skirt:

This was an easy project that took me about a half hour to make. It involves cutting off the bottom part of the striped $7 shirt and using the bottom of the shirt as the skirt bottom.   This makes the project fast and easy because I use the existing hem as the hem of my skirt:

Then I sewed ten rows about 1/4″ apart at the top of the skirt using elastic thread (same technique as the ruffled scarf I made).  I kind of eyeballed the lines.  I’ts ok if the sewing is not even or straight since you can’t really tell once the skirt is shirred and scrunched up.  The more rows of elastic you sew, the more ruched the material will be.   (Here is a good shirring tutorial.)

I folded the top edge of the waist about 1/2″ under, sewed a casing for an elastic waistband, inserted 1/4″ elastic cut to my waist width and sewed the casing closed.  Here is an inside view of the skirt with the elastic waist and the shirred lines. It’s a little messy because I tied the ends of the elastic together so that they don’t pull out:

It looks like this when done!!  I can even see this being a dress for a little girl!  Or a tube top!


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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 jkim April 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm

maybe you could use one of the sleeves to make a coin purse, and then transform a strip into a headband?


2 Mel April 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

super super super cute, ilene! so impressive! you know how much i love stripes? well, i’d buy that skirt in a heartbeat!


3 The BabbyMama April 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm

That’s absolutely fantastic! I so need to buy some elastic thread and start doing stuff like this 🙂


4 Tonia April 22, 2011 at 10:41 am

Very cute! I made my daughter a holiday skirt with this same technique. I used a black velor shirt with silver stripes. She loves the stretchy, comfy waistband!


5 Jenn April 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm

This is so creative and very very cute!


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