Sometimes I like to tell my husband that I’m going to steal his clothes to refashion them into things I’ve pinned. I’m only about 75% kidding about this. Truth is, he has a lot of clothes. A. LOT. I’m confident he really doesn’t know exactly what he has, so I could cut something up while he’s still asleep someday and he wouldn’t be the wiser.
“Wow, hon, that’s a really cute new skirt. Where did you get it?”
But I’m honestly way too nice to do that, so I went the honest route: asking him to give me the shirts he didn’t want.
He gave me a really nice XL Express for Men tshirt, and after finding some inspiration from my color blocking pinterest board, I decided I needed to make the tshirt to pencil skirt refashion from it. I have a black pencil skirt from NY and Co I’ve had my entire professional career. It’s a soft, knit material, super stretchy and incredibly comfortable. I even was able to wear it while I was pregnant because of the elastic waist.
I started by turning the pencil skirt inside out to see how it was made. I discovered it was two pieces in the back with a small slit about five inches high. The front was one piece and the band was a simple casing.
I cut the sleeves off the tshirt and cut it into two halves (front and back). I took one side and folded it in half, laying the skirt (also turned inside out) on top of it. I made sure to line the bottom of the skirt with the bottom of the shirt, so I could use the already hemmed bottom…YESSSSSS. I cut around the skirt, leaving a half inch or so on each side for the seam allowance.
I cut the shirt pieces in half at the fold. That gave me two pieces for the back part of the skirt. I did the same for the front, except I left that piece whole. That left me with three pieces for my tshirt to pencil skirt refashion:
Next step was sewing. Starting with the back, I pinned the back two pieces of my tshirt to pencil skirt refashion together to about 5 inches above the seam, like so:
Next, with right sides together, I sewed the side seams and a casing. The last step was to stich the little slit to make it look finished. I might have overdone that a little, but EH.
I tried my tshirt to pencil skirt refashion on and it was a little baggy on the sides, so I turned the skirt inside out, put it on, and took in the sides so it fit sort of tight-ish against my legs.
The last step was pulling some thick elastic through the casing and securing it. I have to say, I LOVE how this tshirt to pencil skirt refashion turned out. It’s one of my favorite skirts I’ve refashioned so far. I have to dress up every day for work, and pencil skirts are one of my favorite pieces of clothing. This one is bright, comfortable and stylish and cost me 0 dollars!
Even though I loved my tshirt to pencil skirt refashion (and Hub did too) it didn’t stop him from mourning the loss of his beloved shirt (that he hadn’t worn in years and didn’t want anymore.) I’m doing him a favor.