I picked up this beautiful XXL men’s shirt a local thrift store for $6, which I thought was a bargain. When I first looked at it, I immediately decided to refashion it into a cute little dress because the process would be quick and easy. After trying the shirt on, I knew I needed to length it a teeny bit. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the shirt refashion – add length, shorten the sleeves, add 2-inch elastic, maybe add a faux belt buckle or something, etc. In my mind, the refashion would be simple and easy and the result would be beautiful.
Then I realized the most important issue: I’m short and pudgy. As much as I would absolutely love to add a wide belt to cinch an outfit together, I cannot because that look just does not look good on me. Seriously. And I don’t want to be mistaken for a pregnant woman and increase the awkwardness when I reply with, “Um, I’m not pregnant.” Fortunately, I’m not that huge and I’ve never been mistaken for a pregnant woman. So, yay for the small things in life. Anyway, belting an outfit together is not an option for me.
Once I realized this quick and easy dress refashion wouldn’t make me look like a supermodel or Zooey Deschanel, I decided to refashion it into a skirt. Big surprise, eh? Super easy refashion because I wanted to keep the lovely blue pleating, which was one of the reasons why I was drawn to the shirt in the first place. I made a straight cut right below the armpit area and hemmed the top part of the skirt, leaving the original hem intact. The bottom of the shirt had a straight edge with two small slits on the side.
I thought a 2-inch black elastic waistband would work best with the skirt and practiced the “stretch and pull” method. Hello, success! However, I think this may be one of the last times I use this particular method when adding a wide elastic waistband. I love the overall look, but I’m not fond of the “haphazard” stitching, which I’m not sure how to fix. Maybe take my time when stretching the elastic? Maybe use more pins? After trying it on, the skirt fit perfectly and I was hesitant running another stitch line around the elastic band.
Would the a second stitch line ruin the perfect fit? Would I need to stretch the elastic like I did with the first time? Anyway, after attaching a waistband, I fixed a minor opening near the bottom of the former shirt, where the last button didn’t have a button hole. Not wanting to flash the world, I simply sewed the hidden placket (is that the correct term?) shut, hopefully preventing a “wardrobe malfunction.” I really love the simplicity of the new skirt, and so incredibly proud of myself for being able to refashion shirts into skirts.
I really love this skirt because the length is a little bit longer but yet airy and roomy. At first, I thought the skirt looked too boring and too plain even with the pleated lines (that I looooove). But the more I looked at it, the more I love the skirt just the way it is. Now, I just have to figure out what I can wear with it …