Repurposing Project: Oversized Shirt to a Bandage Skirt
EASY to make, ELASTIC free, Bandage Skirt!
1.) Head out to your local watering hole and quench your thirst with an assortment of LARGE, STRETCHY, shirts.
*Check out Men’s polos, Women’s turtlenecks, etc.
*Test for stretch horizontally, spandex-cotten blends work best
*Keep an eye out for stripes, floral patterns, and bright colors!
*Check for stains before purchasing
*wash before sewing
2.) If you already own a bandage skirt, and like the fit, it would be easiest to lay it flat on the fabric and copy the pattern. If not, it is easy to guestimate a shape because the stretch fabric is very forgiving. To do this, cut out a rectangle that’s width is a few inches smaller than half of your waist/thigh measurements. Sew it into a tube.
*Use the side of the shirt as one seam, so you only need to sew one stretch of fabric. Also, use the bottom of the shirt so you won’t need to hem it.
*Use zig-zag stictch if you don’t have a serger.
*Put some thought into thread choice, For this bandage skirt I used yellow to match the stripes.
4.) cut a small strip of fabric 5-7 inches. It’s width should be a few inches shorter than the tube you just created. It will serve as the top of the skirt, acting like elastic. This strip should be folded in half (width wise) as to double up the fabric. Next, sew it into a tube and attach it to the top of the large rectangle.
*Sew it onto the large rectangle from the inside, so the seam doesn’t show.
*As you’re sewing, you will need to stretch the top piece out to match the width of the bottom piece. Be sure to use pins to make this easier.
*If you don’t have enough material for the top piece, or just feel like switching it up, try contrasting fabric!
5.) Slap on a belt&tank, blazer&tights, or hoody&slippers, and hit the town (or the couch) WITHOUT stepping into that certain store with the ever so convincing racy, lacy, spread-legged advertisements (ahem, American Apparel.)