Jul 10, 2012

20 Minute Jersey Pencil Skirt

My cute sister-in-law was donating a bunch of clothes the other day and let me take home one of her shirts to use. I’d been wanting to make some fun jersey skirts for my girls for awhile now so I thought this was the perfect opportunity! I whipped it up real quick and now 3 year old Miss B thinks I can make her a skirt everyday. “Mom, I need a new skirt to wear today” “I don’t have anything to wear. Just make me a skirt” “Oh and you’re making me a matching bow with that fabric right??” Not. Happening. But since it is such an easy project you almost could get away with making one every day right?? Here is how I made it. Don’t judge, I’m not a pro.
pencil skirt
Start off with an old T-shirt or some jersey knit fabric. measure the waist, and how long you want the skirt to be. I measured it to hit just under the knees. The great thing about using a T-shirt is you don’t have to hem the bottom! Making this skirt the easiest there is…So, for this skirt I measured my daughter and her waist measurement was 21 and the length I wanted was 12. When you cut the shirt it is already doubled. Make sure, if you are using fabric, that it is doubled so you have two rectangles. So I cut 2 rectangles that measured 11 inches wide and 12 1/2 inches long. That leaves plenty of room for seam allowance, since we don’t have to hem. If you are using new fabric you will want to allow for more of a seam. The waistband was cut from more of the fabric and it measured 21 inches by 2 inches. If I had more fabric leftover I probably would have made the waistband 4 inches so it was a little bigger. You also want the waistband to be exactly the measurement of your waist so it’s tight enough to stay up.
Once you have you’re pieces cut, sew the main piece right sides together. Then flip it around, and you have made the main part of the skirt. I forgot to take a picture of the waistband but you just fold it in half, and then sew the ends together to make a tube. Then you sew the waistband to the main body (right sides together) Then when you flip the waistband up your skirt is done! If your jersey is stretchy enough you can get away without using elastic. However I made another one for my other daughter with a different fabric and I’m going to need to add elastic in the waistband. Now, try your skirt on your little one and pull out your camera. Ha I got some pretty sassy poses out of her…she loved this skirt so much, especially with high heels on. She told me she loves it because she looks just like her church teacher...too funny. Now go make yourself one (or two or three!!) **If you have a serger that would be the best way to sew this, but I just used my regular sewing machine and used a stretch stitch. I think I actually just zigzagged this one…IMG_6821

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  1. Soo cute! what a gorgeous baby model you have. Thanks for sharing, I think even I could handle this one!

  2. Love this! I have a ton of clothes waiting to be repurposed, so I'll have to try this. Stopping by from www.ourhomespunhaven.blogspot.com

  3. So cute. What a great way to upcycle some old things. I love it (and your adorable little model)! All these cute little girls make me wish I had one of my own!

    Thanks for sharing on Show and Tell Wednesday at SNAP!

    xoxo, Tauni

  4. Great refashion! And an adorable model for The CSI Project's Refashion week.I would love for you to link this up to The CSI project this week. The challenge is refashions/upcycles. This would be perfect and you just might WIN! Come on over each week for a new challenge, new tutorials and new judges.

  5. Very cute! Nothing is more comfortable than a t-shirt skirt. (And your daughter is adorable!)

  6. So so cute! The little one and the skirt!


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