Seriously, give re-purposing a try…….if you mess it up, you were probably going to throw that old shirt away anyway.
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To make this skirt/legging combo, find two different knit tops that are still in good condition but are tucked back in that closet……and you never wear anymore. Go on, start digging. (You can also check out your local thrift shop.)
(and remember, the bigger the shirts, the more fabric you’ll have to work with.)
Every child is going to be a different size. I will show you the shapes that I used and how I constructed this outift……and then you can all experiment. The more you play the whole re-purposing idea, the better you’ll become. First, I cut out a rectangle to use for the top of the leggings……
Then, I cut the sleeves off at an angle. I used the arms as the bottom of the leggings so that I wouldn’t have to hem the bottoms. Saved a lot of time. (Try your shirt sleeves on your little girl’s legs first, to see how well they fit.)
Then sew along the sides of your rectangle…. (If you’ve never sewed with knit before, try sewing on some scraps first. I used a zig-zag stitch so that it would allow for some stretch. But I made my zig-zag pretty narrow and lots of room in between each stitch. Sew on some scraps to try and find the best results with your machine.)
Then sew along the small bottom section, right between the two angles that you just cut from your rectangle. Then make sure your legging pieces are wrong side out and pin the legs in place. Sew along the openings. (If you click on the picture to enlarge, you can see the size of my zig-zag stitch a little better.)
Now it’s time to construct the skirt. Cut off the bottom of the other skirt, making sure to include enough in the height to make a casing for the elastic. And you can just use the hem of the shirt as the hem for your skirt. Easy. Done.
And then sew into place while stretching the skirt all the way out as you sew. The skirt material and the leggings should lay flat as you are sewing. And you may have to stretch the leggings a little more than the skirt material and that’s okay………..knit does a great job stretching.
And you’re done.
Don’t you feel useful?
You just made an outfit out of some cast-off shirts.