Wednesday, April 25, 2012

KCWC: Stripey T-shirt Skirt!

It's time for the Kids Clothes Week Challenge over at Elsie Marley, and I am actually managing to join in this time! (Unlike in the fall, when I totally was going to but, whoops, didn't.)

The idea is to do a little clothes-for-the-kids sewing (or tracing or cutting or whatever) each day for a week. So far, so good! Monday's work didn't really end up going anywhere, unfortunately. But Tuesday I put in about 20 minutes and made Adelaide the easiest skirt ever. For real.

Stripey T-shirt Skirt!

After the big project of sewing Adam's shirt, I really needed a popcorn project (you know, like when you totally punt and make popcorn for dinner, except with sewing/crafting) to reset my sewing mojo. And I have been hanging on to one particular ill-fitting T-shirt of mine for ages with the plan of turning it into a skirt for Adelaide.

Stripey T-shirt Skirt!

Easiest project ever:

  1. Cut off the bottom off of a women's T-shirt. Keep the existing side seams. Keep the existing hem to serve as the bottom of the skirt. 
  2. Cut a piece of coordinating wide elastic a smidge bigger the size of your kid's waist. Sew the ends of the elastic together to form a waistband. 
  3. Zig-zag stitch the elastic waistband to the raw top edge of the T-shirt piece, really stretching the elastic as you go. 
  4. Force your kid to put on the skirt in the morning before heading off to day care, despite the fact that no one in your family really has time for this, so you can snap some evidence photos for your blog.

Stripey T-shirt Skirt!

As you can see, the skirt is rather big. I started this project after Adelaide was in bed last night and didn't measure her at all. I based the waistband on a pair of her pants and took a wildly inaccurate stab at the length. So, yeah, it's really long, but the waist is big too, so at least it's kind of proportional. Let's pretend I meant to do it this way so she'd have room to grow.

Stripey T-shirt Skirt!


Andrea @ said...

I love how simple and adorable that skirt is! Stop by and link this up to Make It Wear It, a weekly blog link up for all things made to be worn, at

Upstatemamma said...

That is so cute and awesome!!!

Meryl said...

It will be too short before you even turn around! Looks great!

annette said...

I am having the same thought as Meryl! Super cute skirt especially with leggings.

Sarah said...

Thanks, all! That's the nice thing about sewing for a little one, I guess...a "too big" (for now) piece of clothing is not such a bad problem to have. :)