How to Upcycle a Knit Shirt into a Skirt | Go-Go Kim

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Friday, May 1, 2020

How to Upcycle a Knit Shirt into a Skirt

How easy is it to upcycle a knit shirt into a stylish skirt? it takes one long sleeved shirt that has a slightly looser fit and about 20 minutes of your time! 




 Making things easy and inexpensively is important to me because I know it is important to you! 

Let's get started!


Along with social media and sewing, thrifting is my jam! My favorite is the big blue bins where you can buy items by the pound! I think it is something crazy good like $1.39 lb! 

I found this adorable striped Loft top in the bins. The fabric was a great quality knit but the sleeves...not my style...at all!



 The shirt is a loose fitting medium making it the perfect choice! You will need a long sleeved shirt for this project! The sleeves will become the waistband making this an almost 0 waste project. 



I grabbed a White House|Black Market knit skirt that I love from my closet. 

Place the knit skirt on top of the shirt making sure that the largest part of the hips will fit into the area right below the armpits of the shirt.




I grabbed a washable marker from the kid's desk as my marking tool. It works and it is on hand! 




Trace around the skirt waist and hip area. Notice that I did not trace all the way down each side? No need to cut all o


Cut the marked lines with scissors. I LOVE my LDH personalized scissors!!!! No one touches them! 



I did not know that I would be making a tutorial for this skirt, so here are the next steps...



 Okay, a video is better! My real life look and sewing space!


The waistband is so super easy but visuals make life BETTER! 




Depending on the knit or your hip to waist ratio, you might need to add a zipper (which I personally would add on the side) but luckily, for this one, I did not need to add anything, making it even more perfect! 


It is a great fit, totally comfortable, and STUPID EASY to make! this is a great beginner project for anyone! If it gets messed up, at less than $1 for fabric, you cannot go wrong!



I styled it with a FAB Crew Polka dot shirt and my favorite Boden sneakers! 

This entire look was less than $10! 



Looking forward to sharing more garment sewing projects! 
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1 comment

Kathleen said...

Great idea and even better execution!

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