I have seen so many cute skirts with sheer overlay that I wanted to make a couple for myself.
The first step was deciding how to make the under-skirt (the skirt underneath the sheer overlay). I decided to be really practical and make one basic white skirt that could go under both. Thrifty!
Part I - Enter: t-shirt-to-skirt-refashion
You won't believe me, but I'll tell you anyway. This XXL white turtleneck was only $4.00, plus 20% off at Kohls. I got it in February on the clearance rack. It screamed "I really need to be a skirt!" And I believed it.
Okay, back to my story. I dismantled the turtleneck by cutting the arms off for the waistband and cutting a larger piece from the body for the skirt. Sounds kind of gruesome but it was harmless, I promise.
Since the knit waistband stretches soooo much I cut it much smaller for a snug fit.
Here is the t-shirt waistband before being sewn on to the skirt body.
I cut just under the arm for the skirt.
Pin the waist to the waistband in 4 places (center, back center, sides) and stretch the waistband as you sew and it connects it nice and flat.
(please excuse the wrinkles)
I cut a piece of tulle that fit around my waist and hips plus about 4 inches and first, created a casing where the elastic would go.
I used a very small needle with the tulle and jersey knit - I think it was a 9.
I cut 5" strips for the ruffles
and ruffled the top edge with my machine on its widest length and tightest tension. I sewed three rows on the bottom of the skirt, leaving the raw edge showing because I liked the look.
I threaded the elastic through the casing
and sealed it in place.I sewed a double stitch (double needle) down the seam so it would lay flat.
Enter: t-shirt skirt + polka dot tulle
I think the two were definitely made to go together. I love how it turned out.
Whew! Stay tuned for skirt #3!