I was on the hunt for a great little denim skirt that I could show you how to make easily. I’ve been loving the denim trends this year.
I found this skirt on Polyvore and really like the effortless, style.
Here’s how to do your own. Get a large men’s denim shirt. I got mine at the thrift store for $1. Mens’ shirts are AWESOME to work with because the prints aren’t too loud and you can get a big one and have lots of material to work with.
So you can measure properly, cut the bottom off of the shirt. They tend to have that curved cut and we want our straight so it doesn’t look like you’re wearing a mean’s shirt.
Next from that bottom, measure the height that you want the skirt.
Cut it that height and make the width about 1.5 times your waist size. Take in to account that there will be a waistband, as well.
Next, sew the button strip down the center so it will stay closed.
If there is a pocket in the way, remove it with a seam ripper. You can also leave it or relocate it depending on what look you’re going for.
Pin your two pieces together on the sides and sew together.
Create a waistband by using the extra material from the sleeves. Fold it over and press.
Pin it to your skirt leaving an opening for the elastic.
Before I add the elastic, I like to do the hem so it remains straight without the pulling of the elastic. Fold under and press.
One of the things I think makes this look nicer is doing a thicker hem. It will look less like a shirt that way.
Now you can run your elastic through and close the waistband.
An extra detail I did was did a top stitch at the top of them waistband. I wanted the top to have a slight paper bag waist.
Here’s what that stitch will do.
And here’s your $1 denim skirt!
I love it with a lovely blouse for Spring (this top is one of my new designs, coming soon!)
I hope you like this one! It’s a perfect style for Spring!!
Tags: denim, refashion, skirt, spring 2011, tutorial
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