More recycled clothing from men’s shirts!
You may remember previous posts such as Chop Top Frock and Who Writes Clothes Patterns Anyways? where I used men’s shirts to create a fun summer top and dress, well this time I took it below the belt (actually, the belt AND below) with a fantastic skirt!
This one-of-a-kind beauty comes from a shirt my brothers wore in the early 90s.
I found the pattern on Craftstylish.com, which is my new obsession. The pattern comes from Christine Haynes, who also designed the “Tux Shirt Redux” on the cover of Craft Stylish. >>>
I was pretty excited to find out that it was her design, because her directions are simple and clear – perfect for someone like me who relatively new to sewing and doesn’t always follow directions well!
So you want to make your own? How to Make a Belted Skirt from a Men’s Dress Shirt instructions. Read her directions close on what type of shirt to buy – shirttail vs straight bottom. Mine has a slight shirttail, but only a couple of inches worth so it doesn’t really effect it.
There’s a few things I really love about this skirt:
- Men’s shirts are not flattering on women. Belted, unbelted, only people like Vanessa Hudgens can get away with just wearing a men’s shirt and a pair of cowboy boots. With that said, it’s fun to be able to wear this shirt not as a shirt.
- This was one of my brothers’ shirts that I’ve always really loved! Again, I like being able to wear it. It’s soft. And just like family.
- The Pocket. Before I cut the shirt apart to sew, I seam rippered the pocket off. I sewed it back on when the skirt was all done, a little off kilter to catch your eye. See it?
I joined a Flickr group called Build Your Summer Wardrobe, it’s also a new obsession. I have to check back everyday to see what the others have posted! Also check out Curiositys, lots and lots of fun projects to look at!