Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ruffle T-Shirt Skirt

In case you missed my guest post at Couturier Mommy last Thursday, here is a repeat of it.

I made this skirt out of two t-shirts. They were both a pale green color--not my favorite but this was an experiment that turned out well. I used a piece of stretch jersey (5% spandex) for the waistband.
T-Shirt Ruffle Skirt #ruffleskirt #t-shirtskirtwithruffle

skirt made from t-shirts

I used these two shirts. The second one is my Cleveland Half Marathon shirt. I was sad to cut it up but it had some fading by the neck, so I decided to give in and cut it because it matched this one:

I took a picture of it for nostalgia's sake. I can move on now!

First, I cut the fabric for the ruffle. I made my ruffle 4" wide and without any hemming on either side. I don't really love hemming, and jersey fabric won't fray!

I cut the skirt from the larger of the two shirts. The waist is large enough to fit around the largest part of my hips with an extra inch for seam allowance. I left the hem of the shirt on the bottom of the skirt. The ruffle will cover it up. I made the skirt A-line by just eyeing it up and cutting a straight line down the edges.

Next, I attached the ruffle around the bottom of the skirt. I pinned it over the hem of the t-shirt.

This picture shows how I tried to 'just cover' the hem so the skirt would be as long as possible (I'm a tall girl!)

To make the flower, I took strips of 1.5" wide t-shirt fabric, gathered it, and then cut a circle the diameter that I wanted the flower embellishment to be. I pinned the first row of ruffle around the edge of the circle.

I started sewing that row and kept sewing in a circle (without pinning). I tried to keep each subsequent row of ruffles close enough to cover the last row's stitching, if that makes sense.

There's the finished flower! I attached it to cover the seam of the ruffle (which ended up in the front and off to the side a bit).

The next step is to make the waistband. I made it a lot tighter than I thought I'd need it (this was an experiment...) but it worked really well. I usually make my yoga skirts to fit my waist minus 3". This time, I made it minus 6" and it is very comfortable, yet secure.

Cut two pieces of your waist's fabric to be 14" tall and then your waist measurement minus 6" (x-6).

Sew up the 14" sides with right sides together using a stretch stitch. Fold the waistband over with wrong sides together.

This next part may be a bit unconventional, but I wanted to only gather the back of the skirt, leaving the front part flat. I gathered the back part just enough so that the fabric diameter of the skirt's waist matched that of the waistband.

Then, I pinned the waistband in place (right sides together).

I used a stretch stitch to attach the waistband to the skirt. This is the outside view.

A stem iron will help to rid the skirt's waistband of wrinkles.

Here's a picture of the finished skirt from the back (waist is folded over).

Here is the front view. I like how the flat front looks.

It's been so fun for me to experiment with 'found' fabrics like "upcycled" t-shirts and other clothing.


  1. I love this! I have been so into skirts lately, they are so comfy. This looks like no exception and I love the ruffles and the flower at the bottom.

  2. Adorable! Are you in Cleveland? We can hang out and upcycle together! Thank you so much for linking up.

  3. I used to be in Cleveland...we moved in September:( It would've been fun to meet a fellow blogger/crafter!

  4. Cute! I need to try this with my hubbys old tees

  5. I LOVE IT! Thank you so much for sharing it at my party ;)

  6. I love this. It looks so comfortable. I want one of these. I am featuring this at GRab my "featured" button.

  7. This is great! Perfect for summer! I am going to have to try making one of these! Thanks for the tutorial - I would love for you to come and share this at my Fantastic Friday link party.

  8. Saw this on Someday Crafts! I really need some more skirts! I have some material for a black one cut out but haven't made it yet. Thanks for this tutorial. I have a pile of my husbands old t-shirts I will have to try this with!

  9. SO GREAT! I love how cool, comfortable, and stylish they look. I can see myself wearing a couple of these all summer! Thank you for the great tutorial!!

  10. Hey! I made one! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  11. Awesome color and you make it looks so easy to make!


  12. Cute! Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  13. Super cute! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

  14. I hope you do feature it! I'll get a button and add to my sidebar! :)

  15. I have just finished my skirt, thanks to your tutorial. I love it! Thanks.

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