Summer Project #2- A Pencil Skirt from Andrew’s Old T-Shirt

The summer is only just started, but I am well into my relaxing/cleaning regime. I have a mile long list of deep cleaning jobs I want to get done and when I cross one off my list, I reward myself with some relaxing time in the hammock with a book.


It is a great system and I am so glad I have 2 months to perfect it.

My kimono project was a huge success, so it has spurred me to dive in and try another.

Now when I saw this post, I got really excited…I mean, this could be a game-changer if it works. A skirt from an old t-shirt? Minimal sewing and no need to finish the edges…yes please.

So I started by making Andrew scour his t-shirt drawer and find one he didn’t really want to wear anymore.

Pencil skirt from a t-shirt

I used my favorite stretchy pencil skirt as the pattern and cut around the skirt leaving about an inch on each side for the seam allowance.

Pencil skirt from a t-shirt

Because you are using the bottom of the t-shirt as the bottom of the skirt, you don’t have to hem it.

Next, cut both left over sides of the t-shirt off…these will be the waistband of the skirt. Because it is already folded and sewed, you don’t have to finish the top of the skirt either. I didn’t really worry how straight they were, but if I were to do this again, I would make sure that both waistbands were the same size and shape and that they were a true rectangle shape.

Pencil skirt from a t-shirt

Lay one of the waistbands on one side of the skirt (right sides together) and sew together using a zig zag stitch.

Repeat with the other side of the skirt and the other waistband piece.

Pencil skirt from a t-shirt

Finally, pin the sides of the skirt together (again, rights sides together) and sew  a zig zag stitch down each side of the skirt.

Pencil skirt from a t-shirt


Skirt from a T-shirt

This skirt is AWESOME! It fits like a dream and I think I made it in under 30 minutes. I will be finding some more t-shirts so I can make a few more of these.



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