I think I love refashioning Men's shirts! I found this one at an Op shop for about $2 and thought I might be able to do something with it. After last time making a top from a Men's shirt I thought I should try a skirt this time. I had a look around Pinterest and was inspired by this page of ideas.

The Men's shirt was a size 42 and was the largest I could get on that day. Next time I would try to get something larger to have more fabric to play with.
First up I chopped off the sleeves and upper collar area. 

I ended up chopping about 5 cm above the pocket as I wanted to keep to pocket detail.

But it ended up being too high on the skirt so I should have just chopped it at the widest part to start with. 

Then the scissors chopped off the sleeve cuffs.

I kept the buttons - I love keeping buttons for some reason!

I then chopped the sleeve material in half long ways to make the waist band for the skirt.

The top of the sleeve was rounded so I straightened it up with the scissors.

I had quite a bit of fabric in the sleeves and thought I could use them as ties to give some interest to the waist so I evened up part to the sleeve fabric to be about 10cm wide.

I decided I wanted to keep the pocket but not in its original place so I carefully unpicked it.

Then onto some sewing.

I pieced together the sleeve parts for my waist ties and overlocked them together and turned them inside out so the rough edges were on the inside.

I then got the rest of the wider reserved sleeve pieces and overlocked them together to make a circle about 20 cm larger than my waist.

I sewed in the waist ties where my hips would be.

Then I overlocked the waist band to make a tube  which ended up being about 10 cm wide.

That part was then overlocked onto the rest of the shirt which I had straitened the top of with my scissors. I left a 5cm gap at the back to thread in some elastic.

Then I carefully re sewed the pocket back onto the shirt front lower down.

I also sewed the front of the shirt down by the buttons so when I moved around there wouldn't be any embarrassing gaping parts through the buttoned up part.

Then I threaded 3cm elastic that was cut to fit my waist through the hole in the waistband and sewed the ends together well. Then I sewed the gap up.

I am really happy how the skirt turned out since I made it up as I went along. The waist ties can be tied to the front or the back. I think I prefer the back as it gives it a bit more interest.

The only thing though is it does look a bit like my high school uniform with the small checks but Mr T doesn't mind that at all!



01/26/2013 8:04pm

I will use this, I have an awesome shirt that I could use :)

01/26/2013 9:41pm

Great Monica, I keep on getting inspired all the time and Try to persuade Mr T that I should have some more of his shirts!

01/26/2013 10:14pm

I use men's shirt in my quilting. A great place to pick up men's shirts is to buy them from a thrift store. You get to pick your own size too.

I go to Goodwill and find which color tag is 50% off. I only buy shirts with that tag. It's inexpensive, fun and there's lots to choose from.

01/27/2013 11:35am

What a great use for a man's shirt!

01/29/2013 11:21am

Thanks for linking this up at my party! I have about 5 of my husband's shirts that I wouldn't let him take to Goodwill because I was sure I would find something to do with them! I need to do this!! :)

01/31/2013 8:37am

Mr T thinks his shirts are getting all tired now so I might get a new stash soon!

01/30/2013 8:32am

What a neat idea! Turned out super cute.

01/30/2013 7:53pm

That is an awesome idea! I have piles of old shirts lying around and I'm definitely giving this a try.
Visiting from Creative Crafts Thursday. Have a fun weekend!

01/31/2013 7:21am

So cute! Love the tie in back!

01/31/2013 8:39am

Thanks Diana, I think the tie makes it look more dressed up.

01/31/2013 7:10pm

Very clever! I love this! Thanks for sharing your wonderful tutorial.

Visiting from Sew Much Ado.

01/31/2013 9:35pm

Thanks Cyndee - I love your mini skirt tote on your blog

02/01/2013 10:13am

I would love if you would stop by and link up this project at my linky party.


02/02/2013 9:58am

Thanks Jesika - have linked up now

02/02/2013 1:27am

WOW!!! $2 is a bargain refashion. Great job...

02/05/2013 7:50am

I LOVE repurposing clothing! Very cute! Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids! I hope you will come link up with us again this week!! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/02/an-enchanted-childhood-playschool.html


I saw your skirt featured at the Show off Your Shell Linky Party! What a great repurpose and cute skirt!! Love it! Congrats on your well deserved feature! ;)

02/07/2013 7:30pm

Thanks Brenda - I have worn it heaps since it has been super hot here in NZ this summer

Angie - www.easylivingmom.com
02/05/2013 8:16pm

Very cute! What a creative idea. Thanks so much for sharing this at my link party :)

02/07/2013 6:58pm

This is too cool! I've seen a lot of men's shirt refashions but I don't think I've ever seen a skirt.. Love it!

I also featured this tonight at the Weekend Wonders Party. Come by and grab a feature button if you'd like. You can find it here: http://thethriftinessmiss.blogspot.com/2013/02/weekend-wonders-26-w-features.html#.URRob6WYtPI

Have a great day!!

02/07/2013 7:29pm

Awesome Thanks heaps Jessica. Will go button searching now when I link up again!


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