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….


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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  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.

  2. ShanniLoves April 21, 2014

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

  3. Tiffany April 21, 2014

    Nice top!

  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

  5. DressUpNotDown April 21, 2014

    Ooooh it drapes beautifully!!!

  6. Laura April 21, 2014

    Fantastic! This looks great on you πŸ™‚

  7. Helen April 21, 2014

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing. X

  8. Anonymous April 21, 2014

    great idea

  9. Liochka April 22, 2014

    I love it !!!

  10. Erica Louise April 22, 2014

    So simple, yet gorgeous

  11. acraftyscientist April 22, 2014

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

  12. acraftyscientist April 22, 2014

    Great idea, will have to give it a go!

  13. Lady Stitcher April 22, 2014

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

  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!

  15. EmSewCrazy April 22, 2014



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