August 31, 2008

recycley skirt how-to part 3: simple sweatshirt skirts!

turquoiseskirt1.jpg orangeskirt.jpg

oookay this one has been on hold for awhile, so i’m happy to finally bring you the sweatshirt edition of my recycled skirts series! and to make up for the pause between projects, this one is actually 2 different designs! if you have a blank sweatshirt (or you don’t mind the image being upside down) you can make the skirt on the left (above), where the bottom of the sweatshirt becomes the waistband of the skirt. if you have a sweatshirt with an image you like, you can make the skirt on the right with the band around the bottom…

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for the sweatshirt bottom as waistband version, it’s best to choose a sweatshirt with a still-stretchy bottom band, and the best results will happen when the band fits your waist well so you don’t have to take it in. the turquoise sweatshirt i used did not fit these recommendations, so i did have to bring it in at the waist, with resulted in a weirdly-shaped skirt which i will probably only ever wear over pants to hide the weirdness. the above examples had better fitted bands, and i made them into the most simple version, which is just chopping the sweatshirt across under the sleeves, leaving you with a mini-skirt. i’m not the mini-skirt wearing type, but i like the red one over pants, and i plan to add something along the bottom of the blue one to make it longer. anyway, if you are into short skirts, that’s the super easiest version.

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if you want it longer, it’s not much more work, still super simple. chop the sleeves off straight up from the body…

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…so you have a vest-like thing like this:

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then chop the top straight across so you have this:

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now you can flip it upside down and try it on as a skirt. if the waistband fits you well, awesome! if it’s too big, like mine was, you’ll have to bring it in somehow. depending on the thickness of the fabric, and on your sewing skills, you could try putting it elastic or a drawstring. i sewed the sides in as pictured, and it didn’t work out great… i think it would have been better had i come in even more and sewed down further at less of an angle.

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as for the bottom, you can choose to leave the slits, or sew them closed. i chose to stitch them closed with embroidery floss as pictured below (click the image to see it bigger). and, a close-up of a good, stretchy waistband with no bringing-in required. (oh, a side note, if you want to know more about the circle printing i did on the turquoise skirt, i did a threadbanger post about it over here.)

turquoiseskirt2.jpg redskirt2.jpg

so if you have a sweatshirt with an image on it, it’s not much harder, and you don’t have to worry about the size of the sweatshirt or the stretchiness of the band. as long as the sweatshirt body, measured across the middle, will fit around your hips/butt area, it’ll work.

orangehowto1.jpg blackskirt.jpg

the first step is the same as the last design, chop the sleeves up the sides:

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then, also like the last one, chop the top off, but this time be careful to cut as high up as possible, just under the collar, because of the image.

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now it looks like this, and all you need to do is sew the sides in to fit your waist…

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turn the skirt inside out, pull it on, and pin it evenly on the sides so it fits well.

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you could use safety pins to pin all the way down your sides while wearing it to get a perfect fit. or you could do what i did, which is to pull it off, pin along the edges to hold the sides together, and mark with chalk where to sew. the photoshopped dotted line represents how my chalk line should have looked for a better fitting skirt. (you can see in the bottom picture how the black skirt is shaped better than the orange, that’s how it should be sewn, like the black one.)

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after you sew the sides up, you can fold the top under and sew a hem if you want. it won’t unravel or anything without a hem, but i think it makes for a more fitted waist, so i sewed hems on mine.

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oh yeah, by the way, i have no connection to florida, i just like the alligator (/crocodile?) guy and, of course, the orange. got the sweatshirt at a yard sale in wisconsin for 50cents…

Filed under: clothing,general crafts,personal,skirts,threadbanger,tutorials — leethal @ 10:38 am
  • http://oneprettything.com/ Rachel

    Those are great! I love the gator!

  • http://oneprettything.com Rachel

    Those are great! I love the gator!

  • http://www.rorra.com Rorra

    Love the skirts, I’m so jealous of your gator(his name is Albert in case you ever wanted to know) skirt! My husband went to Florida and has made me into a big fan, I may have to tr this on one of his old sweatshirts.

  • http://CecilyDeVille.vox.com/ CecilyDeVille

    Thanks for posting, I was looking for a way to make skirts outta sweatshirt material. This makes my life easier (and increases the odds I’ll actually do it!) Well played.

  • http://CecilyDeVille.vox.com CecilyDeVille

    Thanks for posting, I was looking for a way to make skirts outta sweatshirt material. This makes my life easier (and increases the odds I’ll actually do it!) Well played.

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  • KellySirles

    Super cool! Congrats on the Craft.com link :) I can’t wait to make some out of my old sweats!

  • KellySirles

    Super cool! Congrats on the Craft.com link :) I can’t wait to make some out of my old sweats!

  • http://livingmividaloca.com Pattie Cordova

    This is a great idea! Love the mini skirt.

  • http://VintageMafia.blogspot.com Pattie Cordova

    This is a great idea! Love the mini skirt.

  • http://missmykelle.blogspot.com/ MyKelle

    Hi! I love your blog. This old sweatshirt=skirt thing is awesome!!!

  • http://missmykelle.blogspot.com MyKelle

    Hi! I love your blog. This old sweatshirt=skirt thing is awesome!!!

  • http://www.notthejetset.net/ Mrs. NtJS

    Great Recycling project! I can’t wait to try it out.

  • http://www.notthejetset.net Mrs. NtJS

    Great Recycling project! I can’t wait to try it out.

  • http://raygunrobyn.com/ Raygun Robyn

    Totally bookmarking this page. Awesome tut!

  • http://raygunrobyn.com Raygun Robyn

    Totally bookmarking this page. Awesome tut!

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  • http://www.rorra.com/ Rorra

    Love the skirts, I'm so jealous of your gator(his name is Albert in case you ever wanted to know) skirt! My husband went to Florida and has made me into a big fan, I may have to tr this on one of his old sweatshirts.

  • Nicle

    cool idea i do not like the image on the front skirts but the first one looks nice

  • Susannajane

    What if you’re not a big fan of the band along the bottom of the image skirt? Do you think it would work if I would cut it off and hemmed along the edge? Or leave it undone?

  • http://www.leethal.net/ Lee

    sweatshirts don’t really unravel at all, so you could just cut it and leave it. then if you decide you don’t like the look of it like that, you can always hem it later.

  • http://twitter.com/RebeccaPizzo Rebecca Pizzo Photo

    You are very creative.

  • linda g

    Thanks I have an old sweat shirt my sister-in-law gave me with plastic kittens all over the front. Didn’t know how to make a skirt without damaging the kittens.

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