I know I’m a couple of seasons late but it’s better late than never right? I still like the look and I think it’ll still fit fine for fall fashion. Inspired by Burberry and Veronika B. on Lookbook.nu, I decided to make a tutorial on how to recreate this look using an old long sleeved shirt. I used a cotton/polyester blend shirt which I realized is a bit sheer when worn as a skirt by itself. I also used a men’s shirt that left me with A LOT of leftover fabric. Using a kid’s sized shirt would probably work just as good, you might not even have to alter the sides if they hug your hips just right.
- Long sleeved shirt
- sewing machine
- fabric chalk or a regular pen
- pre-existing pencil skirt to trace
- garter elastic/snap on buttons (optional)
Step 1: Turn your long sleeved shirt inside out and lay it flat. Put your pencil skirt on top to sketch the basic outline of the skirt. Be sure to add about 1/2 inch for the seams all around. Once you make the outline, cut it out. Also cut off the sleeves.
Step 2: Fold the top and bottom seams of both sides of the skirts, use an iron to keep the fold. Sew it.
Step 3: Lay one side of the skirt right side facing up.Taking a sleeve, lay it on the top left side of the skirt, fasten it with a pin. Repeat with the other side. Once both ends are fastened, take them together and twist them in the middle to make a ‘knot.’ Then fasten the other ends to the bottom of the skirt. You’re basically making the Chanel double c shape on the front of the skirt.
Step 4: Put the back part of the skirt on top of the other piece, wrong side up. Align the corner and sides of the fabrics and fasten with pins.
Step 5: Sew both sides of the skirt. Cut off the excess sleeve fabric, take off the pins and you’re done!
I recommend doing this same tutorial with an old button up, leaving the buttons in the back enabling you to create a more fitted silhouette. Old shirts with patterns will also be a great idea to add some flavor to your fall favorites.
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