Saturday, May 14, 2011
80's skirt turned summer top
Next, wash it and dry in hot water to make sure you get it to shrink first. Remove the waistband from the skirt. Now take the skirt and lay it down on your worktable with the sideseams on the side, and if there is a backseam, lay in on the back so the solid piece of fabric is in the front.
Taking a sleeveless shirt that fits you well, lay it on the fabric and trace the armhole with chalk as a guideline for how deep to cut it. If the skirt has pockets like mine did, I cut the armholes where the pockets were and it was perfect.
Turn the top edges under 1 inch and form a casing for your ribbon or elastic. I cut mine in a V in front and straight in the back. You have to make a V shaped facing for the front if you want the V neck. It is a little more tricky, but not too difficult.
Once your casing is stitched up, thread a coordinating ribbon through and tie off. Be sure to try it on and measure the length of the ribbon with the top on you before cutting it. I run my elastic through the casing with a safety pin, and then pin one end to the other so it doesn't come undone. Then I tie it off where I want it and slide the knot into the center back to hide it. You can cut the ties so that you tie them into bows on both shoulders. I used a thin black elastic, and I love how it turned out.