Recently, I saw a post about refashioning a golf shirt into a skirt, so I was perusing the golf shirt and knit shirt isle of the thrift store one day, and came upon this shirt. It just SCREAMED SANTA CLAUS to me!!!
For $2.99, it was all mine!
To turn a golf type shirt (or in this case a Rugby type shirt) into a skirt, you have to picture turning the shirt upside down. This puts the hem of the shirt at your waistline, and the bottom of the skirt is going to have a “kick pleat” by utilizing the front placket opening. If you can’t picture that just yet, follow along ….
The shirt was a size Medium, so I wanted to keep all the width I could get. I measured along the side of the shirt, and drew a line along the sleeve. I knew I was going to need to use some of the sleeve for part of the skirt.
I cut off the part of the sleeves I did not need.
Next, I measured up from the hem of the shirt to as far as I could go just below the collar. My goal here was to eliminate the collar, but retain as much of the placket as I could. So I measured this determined distance up from the hem along the front of the shirt.
Then, I drew the straight line across the front depicting where I would make my straight cut.
Then, I cut off the top of the shirt along this line.
I turned the shirt inside out, and I drew a line to show where I will stitch through those sleeves I had cut. This line is an extension of the existing side seam line.
I serged this seam, but you could use a regular sewing machine for this.
Next, I needed to determine the length of the skirt. So, I put the skirt on, with the original hem of the shirt at my waist. It was creating a skirt which was too long, so I determined that I would remove 4 inches.
I measured, then cut.
Then I serged the new raw edge of the bottom of my skirt, but you could just zig-zag on a regular machine.
Then, I turned up about 1/2″ to create a small hem. I pinned, ironed, then stitched this new hem.
Last thing to do was to add the elastic at the waist. Of course, to look like a Santa skirt, the elastic HAD to be black. I measured the length that I would need …. this is what feels comfortable around your waist, but is tight enough to keep the skirt sitting where you want it to sit. I cut the elastic and sewed the ends together. Measuring my elastic and my skirt each into 4 equal parts, I pinned the elastic to the top of the skirt, right sides together. When pinning these together, I had to stretch the elastic to fit the skirt. I pinned frequently, then stretched the elastic as I serged them together, and removed pins as I sewed along.
I ironed my new skirt.
This is what the “sleeve” parts look like at the bottom of the side seams … you can hardly tell they are there!!!
Here’s a back view of the “kick pleat” created by the front placket …..
Then, I added a large patent leather “Santa” belt and a Santa necklace. Now I am ready for a fun holiday party!!!! Look out, here comes Mrs. Claus!!!
Ok, so then I had to add the funny Christmas vest, just in case I will be going to some tacky Christmas party ! Wanted to wear a Santa hat too, but I recently gave those away to our kids ….. bummer!
PARTY ON !!!!!! Merry Christmas to Santa and Mrs. Claus!!!