I turned my husband's favorite shirt into a skirt for my daughter.
I started by cutting the shirt into strips. I made this for my daugher that is 2. She wears a size 3t. You need one strip for the waistband which was 3' x 40'
You also need three more pieces that measure 3'x40.
You then need two 5'x80 strips (i had to sew some peices together)
And another strip that is 5' x 120'. I had orignally planned on only have 2 ruffled layers, but had to add a third row of ruffles because once everything was gathered it was a little too short. The last ruffle I used was solid black because i didn't have enough plaid.
I sewed one of the 3'x40' pieces together in a loop. Then I folded the loof in half and sewed all the way around leaving an opening for the elastic.ThenI sewed a 1/4 hem on my 5' inch pieces. Also,I am no expert. I am self taught. So....if you prefer doing this in another order...then do that.
I then sewed a basting stich and then gathered the fabic.
I then pinned the gathered piece to another of the 3'x40 in strips and sewed together. Make sure that you put right sides together. I learned the hard way when i realized one of my ruffles pieces was sewn with the hem facing up.
I wanted to add a little flair to the skirt so i added a 120in long piece of black toile that i bought at hobby lobby.
I folded it in half and then sewed a 1/4 down on the folded side with a basting stich. I then gathered the fabic and sewed it to my 3x40 inch piece between my waistband and 1st tier ruffle.
I hope that I am making sense here. My brain may not function like the rest of you after 6 children...lol
Then repeat your layers and sew together.
This picture looks confusing, and isn't very good. I am a newbie blogger so please work with me as a learn to document "EVERY" step with a picture.
After all of your layers are sewn together insert elastic and sew closed.
Then you are finished. And your little one is ready to dance!!
I wanted a coordinating shirt to match this fun little skirt soo.... I cut 5 3/4in. strips that were about 20in long and serged the sides. If you don't have a serger you can cut the strips with some pinking shears. It looks just as cute.
I sewed a basting stitch down the center and then gather into a ruffle.
I arranged the strips how i wanted them pinned them in place and then sewed down the center being careful not to sew through the back side of the shirt.Here is a close up of the shirt. You can use any fabric to this. Just sew a few strips on any shirt. I got this turtleneck from oldnavy before christmas for about $3. I just love how the ruffles look. It really pulls everything together.