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Cool Customiser: Turn a Tee into a Skirt!

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By Theresa Caney
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Cool Customiser: Turn a Tee into a Skirt!

t-shirt to skirt tutorial, diy skirt

Jersey pocket skirts are one of those items that you can chuck on with a striped tee and flats for an instant dose of laidback Alexa-cool. American Apparel\'s famous £25 skirts started the trend on the high street, and now nifty blogger Gwen from This Fashion Is Mine has shown us how to create our own skirts on a budget by upcycling t-shirts! Clever!

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You will need: 1 x XL or XXL Men\'s T-shirt, Fabric Scissors, 1-inch Elastic, Fabric Pins, Sewing Machine, Needle and Thread, Safety Pin

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Cool Customiser: Turn a Tee into a Skirt!

t-shirt to skirt tutorial, diy skirt

\"Lay the t-shirt out and cut across the middle, right under the arms - you\'re left with your skirt fabric.\"

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\"Using an XL men\'s t-shirt results in a mini skirt and using a XXL t-shirt results in a mid-thigh length skirt. It all depends on your preference. You can choose whatever colour you like, Primark have a great selection of basic men\'s tees in so many different colours and patterns. Graphic prints may also make a unique design.\"

Cool Customiser: Turn a Tee into a Skirt!

t-shirt to skirt tutorial, diy skirt

\"Flip the fabric inside out. We\'re going to hem the freshly cut edge so fold this down. It needs to be just over an inch so we can run the elastic through. Pin this down in place all the way round.\"

Cool Customiser: Turn a Tee into a Skirt!

t-shirt to skirt tutorial, diy skirt

\"Sew this up using the sewing machine. Then measure your length of elastic, I stretched it comfortably around the smallest part of my waist then added an inch for sewing.
Snip a small opening in the inside band of the skirt, just wide enough to post the elastic through. Attaching a safety pin helps to move the elastic along through the band. Slide it through, gathering the material as you go.\"

Cool Customiser: Turn a Tee into a Skirt!

t-shirt to skirt tutorial, diy skirt

\"When both ends of the elastic meet up (careful not to loose an end!) sew them together using a strong stitch and go back and forth a few times. Cut off any extra elastic, and hand sew the opening.\"

Cool Customiser: Turn a Tee into a Skirt!

t-shirt to skirt tutorial, diy skirt

\"Here\'s how your skirt should look at this point!\"

Cool Customiser: Turn a Tee into a Skirt!

t-shirt to skirt tutorial, diy skirt

\"Cut a pocket shape from the sleeve as shown, open it out and cut down the middle so you have two symmetrical pieces of fabric. Place these on your skirt, making the hemmed edge of the sleeve the opening of the pocket. Fold the raw edges under and carefully pin in place. This creates a more finished look. Sew on the pockets by following the pins around on your machine.\"

Cool Customiser: Turn a Tee into a Skirt!

t-shirt to skirt tutorial, diy skirt

\"After the pockets are sewn on, here\'s how the skirt will look!\"

Cool Customiser: Turn a Tee into a Skirt!

t-shirt to skirt tutorial, diy skirt

Here\'s how Gwen\'s skirt looks when on. You\'d never know it used to be a tee! Genius!

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