Friday, 18 May 2012

DIY Jersey Pocket Skirt (from a t-shirt)


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
Fabric Scissors
1 inch Elastic
Fabric Pins
Sowing Machine
Needle and Thread
Safety Pin

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.


x


* You can find more DIY tutorials from Gwen McMullin by clicking on the DIY link at the top of the homepage!


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77 comments

  1. Wow, that is so creative! You're so talented! x

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  2. This is brilliant! I'm actually going to do this after my exams :)
    Shope xo

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  3. Wow! This is a great step by step. Just what i need to do a little DIY to my wardrobe. Very clever, love this idea :o) x

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  4. This is amazing! Definitely going to give it a go xx

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  5. This is a great idea, you're so creative! Definitely want to give this a go :)

    Frances xx

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  6. How fantastic xx sooooo clever xx

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  7. Love this so much! You're so creative!
    Omg I'm going to sound so annoying when I say this, but it's 'sew' not 'sow' aahhhh I'm so sorry, I sound like such a bitch :(
    I'm sorry, I didn't want to sound horrible but I think I do :'(
    What are friends for? :)?
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Ahhh! Haha thanks for telling me, I'll make sure to change that, spelling mistakes irritate me too! xx

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  8. Wow, that looks absolutely amazing! I'm loving all of your DIYs, they're all so great!!

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  9. what a great idea! deffinately going to try this thanks for sharing.
    smozzy
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  10. Love the simpleness and the stylishness combined.

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  11. This is a brilliant DIY can't wait to make one! xx

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  12. This is a brilliant DIY can't wait to make one! xx

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  13. i can't believe it
    you do such a good DIY post!
    keep them coming
    x

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  14. love love love love love on my way to the craft room thanks so much lady

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  15. I really love your blog, all those creative DIY, and i love your style!
    You have inspired me to do DIY myself, i have just made the tie-dye jeans. I hope for a good result. :-D

    Love from Denmark!

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  16. God, that idea is so great!
    I'm excited now so much that if I start doing my own one I'll probably explode of excitement and overjoy! ;)

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  17. Brilliant idea! Will be trying this very soon :) x

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  18. You're so talented! And great at sewing!

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