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Wardrobe Refashion: men's shirt to pencil skirt

Added Oct 24, 2009

by cynthia-1

Wollongong, Aust...






So… after seeing theclosetseamstress’s post of her pencil skirt upcycled from a men’s shirt, I decided to give it a go. My fiance kindly donated an old shirt that he no longer wore (see last photo) and off I went, thanks to theclosetseamstress’s wonderful tutorial on her blog. The only difference was that I used interfacing in the waistband for improved durability and shape. It was the easiest and quickest skirt I’ve ever made, taking only 3 nights of after-work sewing.

Material Notes

Donated men’s shirt (Cotton : black polka-dots on grey), Iron-on interfacing for waistband




Garment Type
Cotton, Shirting



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    Apr 2, 2010, 06.36 AMby punkiedory


    if you are interested in entering this into an upcycled fashion show for earth day, let me know! :)

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      Apr 9, 2010, 02.28 AMby cynthia-1

      Hi punkiedory
      Sorry about my late reply – internet playing up.
      What is earth day? It that the same as earth hour? I think i missed the boat on that one (although, i did turn out the lights!)
      And thanks for your encouraging comments.

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    Jan 2, 2010, 03.04 PMby sewenggirl88

    looks super cute on you! I want to try it now

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    Nov 8, 2009, 01.35 PMby banana-1

    hi! hey I’ve just joined. The skirt looks great on you :)

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    Oct 31, 2009, 10.30 PMby kristi-1

    haha, nice one kaz! i just noticed the thongs as well! very nice skirt, looks fab!

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    Oct 30, 2009, 11.19 AMby kazoir

    nice thongs sis! Really goes with the outfit


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    Oct 24, 2009, 02.26 PMby ginasophia

    This is a wonderful idea! I have been mulling through mens shirt refashions for a while, and hording my husbands discarded button ups, but this is the first I really love. I will be trying this out this weekend, thanks!

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