Zero waste skirt to top refashion

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A simple refashion, from a full length skirt, to v neck top, in 4 easy steps.

A leafy print skirt, purchased for $1 in an op shop last year, has remained in my wardrobe unworn. Its length is not my style. The skirt's side split gave me an idea to transform it into a neckline, so here is, a simple refashion, which could be done without a sewing machine, and requires no cutting and therefore zero waste material.

Step 1:
Put skirt on (if in public, do so over the top of trousers, you'll see why!) and twist around to have the side splits at front and back


Step 2:
Lift entire skirt up, inside out, to your shoulders, and using a safety pin, pin to the point you would like your neckline opening to stop - leaving enough room to get over your head. I used a mirror for this part.

*Black cat optional!*

Step 3:
Take off, over your head; you can undo the waist zip (which will be at your side) if you need. Then pin from the end of the each 'arm' to your safety pin marker, and sew a straight line.


Step 4:
Put back on over head, tuck the waistline underneath a little, and you have yourself a brand new top.

*Click on image for clearer picture*

Not cutting the original garment means if you ever decided you wanted to wear this top as a skirt again, you'll simply unpick where you've sewn across each shoulder. Easy peasy.

21 comments:

cecilia said...

I'm beyond impressed how simple that is, but aren't you clever for thinking of it! And a big YES to the black cat option :)

Daffodil said...

You are such a crafty and clever reuser/repurposer! Really impressive stuff Erica!!!!

Erica Louise said...

Thank you so much :)

RosMari Brand said...

LOVE it. sooo simple and super cute!

Sarah said...

This sounds so easy! Definitely something I could do. Now I'll need to go look for a cool patterned side slit skirt.

Nena Nadine said...

What a great idea!

Clare G said...

Awesome, great idea! Signed up to follow you, can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Haskell's said...

First off such a creative fun idea. Love it. And second my name is Erica Louise. That is so crazy!!

two_girls said...

I love this! I can't tell you how many skirts I've made from shirts, but I've never made a shirt from a skirt! I've got to try this! Thank you for sharing!

Marla said...

love this idea:) but the cat is not optional in my opinion...adds a decorative detail!!!
Marla

Mongs said...

what a creative idea. You are a true re-purpose queen, I got a lot to learn from you!

love~mongs
mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

Sweet Floweret said...

fabulous!
I just started a linky party this past Tuesday. It was a great success with over 50 link ups! I would love it if you would participate next week! It's called $10 Tuesdays and it's for things that cost less than $10 and take 20-30 mins (ish) to complete. I love inexpensive and quick projects and I'm guessing others will too ;) Thanks so much for considering.
Tina
http://sweetfloweret.blogspot.com/
PS. I'm GIVING away 50 button pony tailers this month! Come visit and claim yours ;)

Erica Louise said...

Sweet Floweret - would love to take part on your linky party, thanks for letting me know about it!

Patwoman said...

That is clever! I'm impressed with how simple that is!

hed said...

Super cute! I love how it's relaxed, like you can just throw on a pair of jeans with it!

hed

Brenda said...

So clever!!! (found this on Flickr)

Christina said...

this is awesome.

Jess @twinstyles.blog said...

How freakin' clever is that?! I love it! Black cat optional is awesome as well (my cats would never let me be in a picture without them, lol). For those of us who are sewing-dumb, this is a really handy idea. And, it looks super cute!
Definitely gonna be reading more of this. :)

Jess

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I adore these kinds of shirts! I forgot how they're called technically but these are the clothes, which you can fold and tie to make another article of clothing. Definitely, it is impressive.

ruby murray said...

Love this, can't believe I just found it now nearly a year later, time to dust off the sewing machine I think!

maarnietvangrijs said...

Wow, brilliant!!!!

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