Monday, July 30, 2012

Skirt to Shirt Refashion - easy cowl neckline

Would you believe me if I told you this bright royal blue dolman-sleeved top with a ruffly hemline used to be a skirt?

What if I told you the skirt had actually started as an oversized robe-looking-dress on an Old Navy clearance rack?

Yes, it's true. I'm a refashioning maniac. If it were a cat, she'd have 6 more lives. But I think I'm done with 3.

How many of you refashion clothes and then find you don't wear them? I'll admit it. I've done it more than once. Speaking of once, I think I only wore this skirt once.

Want to see how easy it is to refashion a skirt to a shirt? Well, I'll show you! 

  • Snipped off the waist band and then re-cut with a straight edge.

  • Measure how wide you want the neckline by using a tape measure across your shoulders and/or check it against a favorite shirt. 
  • Find and mark the center (that's where your neck will go). Pin shoulders up to where your neckline will be and stitch. I think I left a 10 or 11 inch opening for my neckline.

  •  Next, from the shoulder seam down, measure how long you want your arm holes to be and mark.

  • If this were 2 big squares of fabric, I wouldn't need to pick the seams open, but since I'm using an existing skirt, I picked open the seams where the arm holes will be. I secured the spot with a few stitches just below the new arm holes.

  • Since the skirt hung square and full, I took in the sides based on an existing shirt. I folded both shirts in half, lined up all the seams, laid them down and trimmed. You can leave this part out if you like a fuller fit.

  • Pin together carefully without moving the shirt. It's hard to line jersey up again after moving it. Jersey likes to roll. And stitch it up.

And before you know it, you're done!

I love the soft cowl neckline. It just came naturally. 

This 3rd life suits it well.
I think I'll be wearing this one for sure.

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  1. I am so impressed right now! I can't sew worth a darn. Looking good girl! New follower. Can't wait to see what's next! :)

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  3. This is fantastic! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

  4. Thanks again for offering to feature my refashion on your fun blog! I grabbed a button and can't wait to see it up! :)

  5. I also turned a skirt into a cowl-necked shirt once, but I did it the opposite way. I turned it upside down and kept the waistband of the skirt as the waistband of the top and just sewed the hems together to make the neckline. Funny how once you get the sewing/refashioning bug you start to see clothes in all new ways. :)

    1. Great idea Kelli! I'll have to try it that way instead. I know what you mean about refashioning. Sometimes I can't fall asleep thinking of what clothes I can refashion and how. hahaha It's a sickness. :)

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