Thursday, July 7, 2011

July Jamboree Guest Post: DIY Maxi Skirt by Megan of Brassy Apple

Hello! It's Megan from Brassy Apple, the I AM MORE blog and my newest joint venture with my 10 year old daughter - Brassy Blossom!

One of my favorite things to do is re-fashion! I love taking something I already have and making it better!
Maxi skirts are all the rage this season so I created one for my daughter with a few simple steps! You can make one too!

2 t-shirts similar in size (I used 2 medium sized shirts that were in the donate pile)
Scissors and/or rotary cutter, ruler and mat
Straight pins
Sewing machine
3/8" wide elastic

Step 1: Cut across the shirts right under the sleeves. Cut the bottom hem off of only 1 shirt. Set the extra pieces aside.

Step 2: Cut the remaining body pieces of the 2 shirts in half.

Step 3: Layout your design/pattern alternating the 2 shirts. Position the piece with the bottom hemline still attached at the very bottom.

Step 4:Take your top 2 pieces and turn the 2nd piece inside out. Place it inside out over the 1st top piece (1st photo) lining up the bottom edges (2nd photo). Pin the 2 layers together and sew (3rd photo).

The nice thing about knit is it stretches. If one of the pieces is a bit wider than another, simply pull it a bit to match up and pinning and sewing.

Step 5: Unfold the 2nd layer down when sewn. Repeat this process with the remaining 2 layers (place 3rd piece inside out over the 2nd piece, line up the bottom edges, pin and sew) ending with the piece that is still has the hemline attached.

Step 6: Fold under the top edge 1" to create a casing and sew closed leaving about a 2" opening.

Measure waist and subtract 1". Cut elastic. Thread it through the casing using a safety pin on the end.

Overlap the ends about 1/2" and sew. Then sew the casing opening closed and WEAR!!!


  1. so cute and easy! I wish I would have looked through my donate clothes before donating them!!

  2. What a great idea! And you have a beautiful daughter!!

  3. I made this tonight! So cute!

    I made a few changes because I only had 2 plain gray t-shirts to work with. So, I made one seam together in the middle of the skirt – but I sewed both cut ends together. I wasn’t sure if it would look ok, but it turned out really cute!!

    This left the top and bottom of the skirt with the original t-shirt finished hem. I didn’t have to hem the bottom, and I didn’t have to make a casing for the elastic. I just cut a slit small enough for the elastic to slide in. Being knit, the small hole is virtually invisible and won’t ravel. Plus, it’s in the inside so no one will see it!

    Thanks for sharing this idea! I plan on making many more! It was so easy!


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