Refashion: Polka Dot skirt to Tee

Simple gathered skirts are a great source of fabric for refashioning…

Once you remove the waistband lay the fabric flat, just look how much there is to play with…essentially a very wide tube of fabric…

To create this top I simply folded the tube in half…

When I have a slippery fabric like this (a very light drapey polycotton) I sometimes find it tricky to get a double fold. The under layer will slip and slide and flop about. To overcome this I fold over my metre rule which acts to butt the underneath fold right up against the outer fold. Then I gently slide the metre rule out again and place my pattern pretty sharpish, before the fold slips again!

I used the hemlock tee as a base pattern…

and extended the shoulder line to create a grown on sleeve. Exactly as I did here….and here

cut out….

Pinned…

and sewed along the shoulder and side seams…

I hemmed the sleeves, bias faced the neckline and the hem is original to the skirt (so no sewing required there). I incorporated a couple of side slits in the hem for comfort and ease and I was done πŸ™‚

Even though I’m not a skirt wearer, I’ll always check out the skirt rail in a charity shop. Look for simple skirts gathered into a simple waistband, in a fabric and print you love, and turn it into a cool and comfortable summer top πŸ™‚

 

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15 Comments

  1. Katie M April 21, 2014

    What a great idea. I need to start scoping out the local charity shops a bit more regularly. I’m also going to look at that hemlock tee pattern.

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  2. ShanniLoves April 21, 2014

    That’s pretty cool! I have a few skirts I could do this with!

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  3. Tiffany April 21, 2014

    Nice top!

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  4. Helen April 21, 2014

    This is really cool! I’m just finishing up quite a similar top only with longer sleeves, I like that you’ve used the hem from the skirt, handy
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  5. DressUpNotDown April 21, 2014

    Ooooh it drapes beautifully!!!

    http://www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

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  6. Laura April 21, 2014

    Fantastic! This looks great on you πŸ™‚

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  7. Helen April 21, 2014

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing. X

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  8. Anonymous April 21, 2014

    great idea

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  9. Liochka April 22, 2014

    I love it !!!

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  10. Erica Louise April 22, 2014

    So simple, yet gorgeous

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  11. acraftyscientist April 22, 2014

    I love this. Such a good idea! thank you for sharing.

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  12. acraftyscientist April 22, 2014

    Great idea, will have to give it a go!

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  13. Lady Stitcher April 22, 2014

    Brilliant refashion, the tops looks great. Thanks for sharing your method! πŸ™‚

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  14. Diary of a penny pincher April 22, 2014

    Ooh, a refashion! Well done, it is lovely. Must admit I’ve been getting into refashions lately, it sometimes gets the old grey matter going!

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  15. EmSewCrazy April 22, 2014

    FABULOUS!!

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