Last year one of H&M's most popular items was a simple skirt. The basic, elasticated waist ones that came in a variety of colours for £6.99. You can see me wearing one here. Well, ever since I've been on the search for this type of basic skirt because they go with absolutely everything. American Apparel do some lovely jersey pocket skirts but for £25 each they're not exactly purse friendly. But there is a quick and easy method to making your own simple jersey skirts and it all starts with a extra large men's t-shirt...
What You Need:
1 x XL or XXL Men's T-shirt
1 inch Elastic
Needle and Thread
Using an XL men's t-shirt results in a mini skirt and using a XXL t-shirt results in a mid-thigh length skirt. It all depends on your preference. You can choose whatever colour you like, Primark have a great selection of basic men's tees in so many different colours and patterns. Graphic prints may also make a unique design.
Step #1 Lay the tshirt out and cut across the middle, right under the arms - you're left with your skirt fabric.
Step #2 Flip the fabric inside out. We're going to hem the freshly cut edge so fold this down. It needs to be just over an inch so we can run the elastic through. Pin this down in place all the way round.
Step #3 Sew this up using the sowing machine. Then measure your length of elastic, I stretched it comfortably around the smallest part of my waist then added an inch for sowing.
Snip a small opening in the inside band of the skirt, just wide enough to post the elastic through. Attaching a safety pin helps to move the elastic along through the band. Slide it through gathering the material as you go.
Step #4 When both ends of the elastic meet up (careful not to loose an end!) sew them together using a strong stitch and go back and forth a few times. Cut off any extra elastic, and hand sew the opening.
Step #5 Using the tshirt sleeve creates two pieces of fabric that will become pockets. Place these on your skirt. Fold the rough cut edge under and carefully pin in place. This creates a more finished look. Sew on the pockets by following the pins around on your machine.
* You can find more DIY tutorials from Gwen McMullin by clicking on the DIY link at the top of the homepage!