How I Made My Killer T-Shirt Skirt

I don’t mean to toot my own horn…wait…actually, I do.

I’ve had this Danzig concert T-shirt since I saw them with Metallica back in high school.  It is one of my favorite concert T’s–thrall demonsweatlive on the back (amazing CD, BTW) and the old devil skull over a cross on the front.  It’s dark. It’s delicious. It’s freakin’ Danzig, man.

It’s also a boxy concert T, and therefore relegated to pajama duty.  Or at least, it was…

A few months ago, I saw my cousin’s wife wearing a T-shirt-turned-skirt and that kicked my plan into gear.  I didn’t try it until today, because I was a-scared of a-screwin’ it up.

But, lo and behold, I created a KILLER SKIRT!

Bad ass ass cover

Bad ass ass cover

Here’s what I did:

At the neck opening, cut along the shoulder seem. When you get to the sleeve, keep cutting in an imaginary straight line.  Do this on the other side. This is going to be the bottom of your skirt, so whatever picture/words you have on it will be upside down. It’s okay. It’ll still look cool, I promise.

I have a serger (as I used to make cloth diapers for my babies because a little part of me is crazy hippy—-plus I could have skulls and crossbones and Scooby Do catching their pee, and hand-knit wool pants in rainbow colors on top.  Don’t judge me—join me. Cloth diapers are the coolest.)

Anyway, so I serge from the end of one sleeve all the way across, leaving it jagged as it was cut because it looks wicked awesome that way. Then I did the same on the back.  The sleeve holes were cuffed and sewn (probably by Glenn Danzig himself) so I didn’t serge over them, but you could if you want.

Danzig Skirt

If you don’t have a serger, you can use a regular sewing machine on a zig-zag stitch.  You could also leave it raw, since T-shirts are a tight knit and won’t fray.  The most they’ll do is curl depending on your cut angle.

I was planning on putting elastic on the top originally, but I didn’t love the idea. I decided to turn it inside out and sew along both sides a few inches in to make the opening at the top fitted, and reduce some bulk at the hips. It worked, and stays up without elastic.  Just measure it to your body to decided how much to sew.  You can always run a tighter bead inside your original to get it just right.  I may go back and make mine a bit tighter later, as I can see it will likely stretch over time.

Danzig Skirt2

And that’s it!  I can’t wait to make another one with my old Nirvana and Pearl Jam T’s!  I’ll be wearing these puppies to concerts all summer long!

-Kimber

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5 responses to “How I Made My Killer T-Shirt Skirt

  • ameliabishop

    Holy crow that skirt is killer! And… Danzig!! This might be the excuse I use to get a serger of my own… or since I’m cheap I might just zig-zag it. Also I am angry because I had a very similar shirt once, many many years ago, but who knows what happened to it. Ah, well, it probably wouldn’t fit me now anyway.
    Great idea, I will be doing this with my boxy-tees…thanks!

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  • Urbanista

    I love that skirt! Cool and comfy for the summer! I was going to go to the thrift store outlet, get some big Ts in nice colors (79c a pound!) then I wanted to make these. But–I can’t sew at all, can’t understand your simple seeming instructions, and have no idea what a server is. :o( Love the skirt, though! A great recycle, stylish and awesome,

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  • Urbanista

    I went and got some Ts. One navy, one tie dyed–67c. Now what???

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    • Kimber Vale

      Tie dye will be cool! I was wishing I had that old grateful dead t-shirt I dumped somewhere along the way. Do you have a sewing machine? Cut starting at the neck along the seem on both sides–just a straight shot across the sleeves. Then inside out it and hold up to your waist to see how much skinnier you want to make it. Run a stitch from what was the bottom of your t-shirt down the side however many inches in you need to make it fit.

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