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This is a skirt that you customize for yourself. You can make the panels out of old t-shirts, old lace or you can buy all the materials if you want. It's fun to be resourceful and recycle. You can get really creative with the panels and do a theme...like Harley Davidson T-shirts. It doesn't have to be hemmed and you can make it as long as you want. The waistband is made from an old t-shirt of your own so you know it fits. This would be a great maternity skirt. This is a great sewing project for learning how to sew because there is little cost and it allows you to be really creative.

I am listing one of these skirts in my Etsy store.
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Step 1: Choosing a T-shirt for the waistband.

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Take an old T-shirt, preferably one that is fitted and fits you well, but you don't wear anymore.

Step 2: Cutting the T-shirt for the waistband.

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Cut the bottom hem and top of shirt off.

Step 3: Making sure the waistband fits.

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Fold it to make a waistband. This is where you can adjust the waistband. We had to take in the waistband because it was loose, but if you choose well you shouldn't have to do that. Sew the raw ends together if you want so the fabric is doubled and secure.

You don't have to fold the waistband, but it makes it more durable. If it's for a maternity skirt or if you prefer bunching it for style you can leave it a single layer. If you leave it a single layer you can use i as a dress or a top.

I made a comfy 100% cotton nightgown, using a mens XXXL tshirt, altered according to the 'ible "boxy to foxy" for the bodice. This alteration makes the sleeves fit a woman better. I left the sides wide, because I like my nighties to be loose. I then used 2 mens XXXL tshirts to make 6 skirt panels according to this 'ible. I cut the bottom hem off the bodice part, and stretched it a bit to fit the skirt. Sleeps great! Thanks for the project!

nancyCpants3 years ago
Are there any special considerations if you double the fabric to make an underskirt? Did you make panels for the underskirt the same way you did the skirt and if so, did you make them about a half inch longer or just adjust when you attached them to the waistband?

If I were using a fabric I purchased, would I just hem the bottom after attaching all the panels, and would it look good with a simple straight hem at the bottom or is there anything special to do?

I'm a total beginner at sewing.
jubilee (author)  nancyCpants1 year ago
Hi Nancy,
Sorry it took over a year to reply.
1)"Are there any special considerations if you double the fabric to make an underskirt?"
You might have trouble if you used a stretchy fabric for the underskirt, but if you basted the two skirts together before you attach them to to waistband, you would see any problems and be able to fix them. Always try to keep the side people see looking pretty.

2) "Did you make panels for the underskirt the same way you did the skirt and if so, did you make them about a half inch longer or just adjust when you attached them to the waistband?"
We made the underskirt exactly the same way. I'm sure we adjusted the skirts before sewing them together to make sure the hems were perfectly aligned. You can baste the skirts together at the top and cut off any excess, then sew them to the waistband.

3)If I were using a fabric I purchased, would I just hem the bottom after attaching all the panels, and would it look good with a simple straight hem at the bottom or is there anything special to do?
I would hem the skirt after attaching the panels. I would iron it so you can tease the fabric into place and pin it before sewing. I don't think we hemmed the underskirt. I think we serged it. You want to keep the underskirt lightweight. A thick hem might be noticeable on an underskirt.
Tess19602 years ago
Love this tutorial. I would love to try this with denim. T shirt would be great too.
saffron693 years ago
Gored skirts are so flattering on a lot of different shapes. Ive seen some very interesting ones like having the panels on an angle so it looks like the panels are wrapping around you. hehe looked like alot of work to me untill i was shown how it was made.
Very Nice project thanks for sharing.
This is a really handy design..its fantastic!
MyMenagerie3 years ago
That is a wonderful idea! Especially pinning it together to be sure it fits.

On a different note:
If you daughter is still growing, leave some room to compensate, otherwise, she will out-grow it before she gets to wear it much.
sanewby3 years ago
love it <3
0jack3 years ago
So cute. I did something similar for maternity wear when I was expecting. It's also very comfortable afterward. Clothes that don't bind are especially important if you end up with a c-section.

This will also definitely look great on my skinny teenager, though. I love the idea of leaving the t-shirt a single layer so she can scrunch it however she likes. It can be hard to buy clothes for a kid who is so thin and yet tall, as much as the fashion magazines want you to think only thin girls can wear their clothes. Ugh. Something like this is super cute, though.
Cat Song4 years ago
Great skirt! I wish I had known about it when I was pregnant. Looks so comfortable, I'm going to shop in my closet for supplies!
KreaKatri6 years ago
Oh my God! This is so cool. I have a lot of old fabric in bright colors and funny pattern lying around, and I have wondered how I could make them into a nice looking skirt. This is the perfekt way. :) Thanks!
Thanks so much for this awesome idea, I've recently found out I'm pregnant for the second time, and struggled so much with decent, well-priced maternity clothes the first time. With your idea, I just converted my favourite skirt (which I couldn't fit into since I got pregnant with my first as it had no give) into a maternity skirt I can also wear when not pregnant... the front panel (I made the front t-shirt part come lower than the back as the back looked funny as low as it was once I cut off the top part of the skirt that didn't fit me) is low enough and stretchy enough to see me all the way through to the ninth month of pregnancy in total comfort! But I can also fold down the waistband and wear it while not pregnant! My photo shows the side of the skirt so you can see how far up the back comes and where I've attached the t-shirt. It also has a t-shirt part at the back, it just starts higher. You can even see the start of a “baby bump” at the front! Thanks again! Favourited!
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very cute and well made! :)
219louise6 years ago
Thank you so much. This is such a great idea. I wish I had known about it for my pregnant daughter in law, since the waistband has some give. Now, I'll just make it for myself. Great idea!
sconniebabe6 years ago
I am so gonna make this.. I am gonna make it shorter though, not too much, just over the knee. very cute!
jubilee (author) 7 years ago
Thanks!!
lou_adele7 years ago
Great instructions for folks like me who can sew but can't follow a pattern to save their lives! I love the fact that the waist band is a t-shirt so there is no messing about with zips. I'm going to go try this one!
bobbyk8817 years ago
i got to make this for my girlfriend p.s nice instructable