- A t-shirt (preferably without side seams)
- 2 inch wide elastic the same length as your waist measurement
- The pocket piece found here. (Note that you may have to adjust this piece to fit your individual body and shirt. But this is a starting place)
Start by trimming off your sleeves. Use the fabric from them to make your pocket and pocket facings.
Stitch the facing to the opening, then flip it to the inside of the skirt and press the edge.
Do this just to help the skirt hold it’s shape while you attach the waistband.
Sew your elastic into a loop using a 1/2″ seam. If you are making more than one, you can label them like I did.
Do this by holding your waistband with the seam on one edge, and place a pin on the opposite edge. Then hold the waistband so that the pin touches the seam, and place pins on the two edges. Mark your skirt the same way, starting by lining the pockets up on top of each other so that the center front and center back are at the edges. Then fold the skirt so the two pins touch, and you should be able to mark the center of each pocket easily.
Lay the waistband over the skirt top, right sides together. Line up and pin the quarter circumference marks. Then stitch close to the edge, stretching the elastic so it is the same length as your skirt. This will make gathers in the fabric when you release the elastic.
For the hem, if your t-shirt was the right length, you could just use the existing hem (that’s what I did). If not, cut the skirt off to the length you want and hem. You might use a twin needle or you might do a lettuce edge (good tutorial for that by Googie Mama HERE). If you do cut the skirt shorter, you might even end up with a snazzy scarf accessory, like my sister-in-law is wearing in the photo at the beginning of this post – yup, that’s the bottom of her skirt.
Either way, this can be a fabulously easy and cheap way to get yourself some new layering pieces!