+ DIY tee to pencil skirt refashion – worn 2 ways

This was a project that I finished the first week of my morning sickness (all day and night sickness) and loved it and still do ( but never fashioned it due to laying in bed or couch for the next 2 months+ months)! I love how easy and fast it is to make, how resourceful it is for the materials (I’m going to make about 20 of these to wear instead of pants for the next 6 months), how cute the end product is, how comfy it is, and etc. I did initially make this from a polo shirt, mainly because it had cute gray and black mini stripes, so you see the polo button line going down the middle of my bum. Which I actually love. This is one of those throw it on kind of skirts, where you can top it off with a sweater and knee high boots perfect for when you’re in a hurry…and you will still look dressed up. My kind of outfit.

IMG_5278ct-shirt skirt


-oversized tee or polo made with knit fabric (stretchy material, preferably thicker)
-knit pencil skirt that has the same kind of stretch as the top (optional)
-sewing machine
-matching thread
-1-1.5″ elastic for waist

1. First, make sure the top you find will fit you, slip it on oddly if you need or guess. Lay the top out and flatten on table, mark
2. Cut the top off (straight across just beneath the collar) and sleeves off.
3. Mark the new pencil skirt in the top by either trying it on inside out and pinning yourself into it or grabbing a knit pencil skirt you own and tracing it to that. Make sure the pencil skirt you own has the same stretch as the shirt you making one from. Cut it out.
4. Sew up the sides of the skirt. The bottom have the same hem from the shirt. Try on and take in areas if necessary. Then sew on the elastic you have measured to your waist. Line up the elastic’s top edge with the skirt’s outside top edge and sew the very top edges together with a zig zag stitch. Then flip the elastic inside the skirt and add a longer straight stitch – your topstitch – (your preference of a 1/4″ to 1″ down) to the top. Make sure to STRETCH as you sew, otherwise the opening won’t be stretchy.


  1. Muy bueno! Congratulations!!! :)

  2. Sarah Helene says:

    CREATIVE and CLEVER, your thin striped pencil skirt worn in 2 ways: dressed up & casual. HOW VERSATILE! You’ve re-fashioned and sewed this skirt from a knit T-shirt. You model is perfectly! THANKS for sharing your 4-step EASY and inexpensive tutorial. Sarah in Minneapolis

  3. Really looks like fun to do…and I even have a shirt like that in my “goodwill” bag…gonna dig that baby out now! Thanks for the tutorial…that’s my project for this afternoon!

  4. Yukibana says:

    YOU’RE BACK!!!! 😀 Love this – have piles of old tshirts that just took on a whole new appeal… X

  5. Congratulations on your little one! I love your top in this post. Is it one of your refashions??

  6. Wow nice! I’d really like to try this at home! ♥

    The Girl Behind the Pen

  7. What a cool and chic outfit!! Very inspiring! I love the boots!
    Great look and pictures!

  8. Caroline says:

    Thanks for the fab tutorial- and congratulations! I’m expecting my 3rd too and you’ve inspired me to make a couple of these so I have something easy and a little more chic to wear than a pair of sweats or leggings

  9. Helena A. says:

    Yey! You came back!
    Good refashion!
    kisses from Portugal!

  10. Felicidades a toda la familia!!!!

  11. i just started reading and you went on a slight hiatus – happy to see you blog again! great refashioning – knits are so versatile but i haven’t learnt to sew with them:(

  12. I agree with you, these kinds of skirts are such an easy way to dress up or down. BTW – the buttons down the back are a nice detail :)

  13. Such a cool idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  14. Great idea! Your hair is amazing!
    ♥ ♥

  15. Tammy Furloni says:

    Hi. I have never seen your blog before. From the comments I have read, and how easy it is to understand your how-to, you are someone I really need to follow! Unfortunately, being somewhat computer illiterate (actually, more like social network illiterate), I have no idea how to follow you. HELP???

  16. We ALL are waiting for your new post! I love your sense of fashion and creativity! xoxo

  17. Congrats, Lizzy. <3

  18. Such an awesome little skirt. I love that you refashioned an old knit shirt. I love taking old things and breathing a little bit of new life into them! You have inspired me, I may have to make one myself.

  19. hi, the t shirt includes tutorial? cuz it’s cute in the back


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