I made this upcycled skirt ages ago and didn't find the time to take photos or write about it. Anyway, yes, you heard right, you can wear your upcycled skirt in FOUR different ways, and it is easy to do. Just make sure that the skirt you have is made of jersey material ie, stretchy and elasticated. I found mine at the clothes swop that my friend, Donna, had organised for the Fashion Revolution Day. It was one of three items that I had found. Earlier on, I had converted a beautiful print skirt into a tube top, and I was contemplating what to do with the jersey skirt.
I had borrowed this book, "Cut-Up Couture" by Koko Yamase from the library, and wanted to make the same garment that was illustrated on the cover. Unfortunately, it called for quite a number of large-sized men's jersey tops, which I didn't have and couldn't find at the thrift stores over here - it's too hot over here! So the project stalled for a while until I came across the jersey skirt at the swop. I thought about doing something similar to Yamase's design.
[Update: if you want to try out Yamase's version, it's on page 20 of the book]
PS. You can pop over to Rude Record to have a look at what else you can make from Cut-Up Couture!
All it took was cuts at the side, adding two old zippers, and that's it! I had earlier tried to enhance the colours of the skirt using ZIG fabric colour pens.
Take a t-shirt and place it on the side of your skirt. Use the t-shirt neckline to determine where you want the skirt to fall on your shoulders using chalk. I took about 2 inches off each side of my shoulders.
Use the bottom of the t-shirt to decide how you want the skirt to fall on your hips.
Unpick seams that you have marked off.
I sewed on some zips at the neckline. This facilitates getting into and out of the garment, and it also helps when wearing the skirt in the different styles (as shown below)
Don't forget to wear a tube top underneath if you're wearing it as a top :-)
Fave style #2 - unzip the zippers, step into the skirt from the opening made in Step 2. Put one leg through the bottom of the skirt and the other through one of the opened side. You will need to wear short leggings underneath to protect your modesty!
Can you think of other ways to wear this upcycled skirt?
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