Adult size t-shirt (I used a women's size large)
3/4" wide non-roll elastic
3. You'll end up with a tube, like this.
4. Turn the tube of fabric inside out, and, at the top (cut edge), fold 1/2" to the wrong side, and pin. The stripes on my shirt just happened to be 1/2", so I just used them as a guide. Stitch about 1/4" from the folded edge, stretching the knit fabric ever so slightly as you go.
5. Turn the same edge another 1" to the wrong side, and pin. This time stitch just to the left of your first line of stitching (see photo above). Start near the center of the back of the skirt, stopping about 1-1/2" before the point where you started, in order to leave an opening for the elastic.
6. Cut a length of elastic 1" longer than the desired waist size (or several inches longer, if you'd like to wait to try it on the recipient before you commit, as I did). Using a safety pin, feed the elastic through the casing. Making sure the elastic is not twisted, overlap the ends 1/2" and stitch closed. (Or -- if you're not quite sure of the waist size -- try the skirt on it's recipient, pin the elastic, stitch closed, and then trim.)
7. Sew the opening in the casing closed, being careful not to catch the elastic in the stitching. Then distribute the fabric evenly around the waistband.
8. If desired, stitch the elastic in place along each side seam to secure.
9. And that's it! You've upcycled an old t-shirt into a fun new skirt!
I was happy to have such an eager model for my skirt! Doesn't she look like she's having fun?
If you decide to make a skirt from this tutorial, I'd love to hear about it -- and even see photos!