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Ok I know that skirts made from sweatsuit material(warm fuzzy knits)are not new.However I decided to take an old sweatshirt and turn it into a cute skirt, using the sleeves as nifty little pockets.
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Step 1: Find a suitable sweatshirt

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I used an old sweatshirt that had a part of one sleeve missing (I used it for a project some time ago)

Next thing is to measure your waist. Take that number and divide it in half. Then measure the front of your shirt to make sure that it will fit on your bottom half.

Step 2: Some more measuring and a little cutting

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Lay the sleeves of your shirt straight out to each side. Decide how deep you want your pockets to be. I cut my sleeves at 8inches.

Step 3: Tuck n Cut

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First, tuck the sleeves (aka pockets) to the inside of the shirt.

Then cut (through all thicknesses) across the line you measured for your waist.

The whole top of the shirt should be open.

Now is a good time to try it on and see how its going to fit. Make sure the sleeves are in front of you and then pin the sides to see how it looks

Step 4: Making the pockets

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Turn your shirt inside out with sleeves straight. Make sure that the front of the shirt is facing up. Cut the top flap of the sleeve to within about 1/2in of the seam.

Fold the 1/2in little flap in over the seam. Stitch it closed. I did mine by hand but you use a machine if you like.

Step 5: Finishing up the pockets

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Once you have stitched up the front of the pockets its time to attache the long left over flaps.

Fold the flaps in towards the middle over the seam you just closed.

Sew the sleeve flap onto the front of the skirt. Make sure you dont sew waist closed. you should be sewing through two layers not three.

I used a zizzag stitch to allow the knit to stretch without poping the seam.
Cool but change the name... Sweatskirt sounds like well...
Kasasha (author)  killerjackalope7 years ago
LOL...yeah I was writing this at 3Am it was the first thing that popped in my head.
Damn that's skirt's sweaty... It's catchy as a name but makes me think stinky thought lol
canida7 years ago
Looks great! Nice sleeve -> pocket conversion.
Kasasha (author)  canida7 years ago
Patrik7 years ago
Hmm... I think you might want to add a picture that's a bit more "zoomed out", so we can see the final results a bit more in context. Otherwise, I can't help but thinking "hey, why is she wearing a sweatshirt as a skirt?" ;-)
jaysbob Patrik7 years ago
ntlk7 years ago
I absolutely love that! Now I only need to find a sweatshirt
Obsessive7 years ago
Cute idea. Nice conversion. I do agree with Patrik though. An overall picture would be nice. :3
Awesome job! My mom would probably like this - we have a lot of jackets and stuff lying around.