Saturday, May 21, 2011
skirt to shirt refashion
So, once upon a time I lived in a town called Macon, Ga. And as much as I loved all of the people I met, it was not exactly the fashion capitol of America. So I bought a mid-calf pleated skirt that was two sizes too big. And I wore it all the time. I thought it was pretty awesome. Then I moved to DC. And while DC is also not the fashion capital of the world, we at least have a Banana Republic. (Which Macon does not, by the way.) And I realized that this skirt was far from fashionable.
At any rate, for the past five years, this skirt has managed to evade the Goodwill pile. I almost threw it out after the zipper broke, but then I found this tutorial by Sarah and knew that this skirt's destiny had changed forever. If she could turn an outdated pleated skirt into a dress, I could, too!! The broken zipper kind of got in the way, so I ended up turning it into a shirt instead.
I cut straight across the skirt right where the zipper ended, and then followed the instructions from Sarah's tutorial. Unfortunately, the neckline was WAY too big, so I simply did a quick gathering stitch all around the neckline, and it ended up being just the right size. I didn't hem the neckline or the sleeves, partly because I was feeling lazy and partly because I kind of liked the more rugged shape. (I did put some fray check on the edges so they don't come completely unraveled.) Although I think it would have been cuter as a dress, I love the way the shirt turned out. Thanks, Sarah!!