Turn a Womans Tank Top into a Girls Skirt

It’s about time to pull out the Summer clothes and sort through them, wouldn’t you say?  If you come across any shirts of yours that you can’t see yourself wearing this year, take a moment to consider whether you can see your daughter wearing it- in the form of a skirt!

Recently, a neighbor of mine decided to give away a tank top.  I saw it & immediately loved the eyelet fabric.  It wouldn’t fit me, but I could see it becoming a little girl’s skirt, so I picked it up & set it aside!

Turn a Womans Tank Top into a Girls Skirt

Do you want to know how this was accomplished?  Well, don’t worry about sewing skills, because I’m definitely a beginner!

You’ll need:
- a woman’s shirt
- sewing scissors
- sewing machine
- elastic

The top I used had a zipper built into the side of it, so I got my seam ripper and got to work on it, removing the zipper.  I just sewed the opening up after I had removed the zipper.  You are likely to be able to skip this step altogether!

Turn a Womans Tank Top into a Girls Skirt

Next, I needed to remove the top of the shirt.  The way this top was built, I could just rip out the seam that attached the bust to the rest of the shirt.  (If your shirt is more simple than this one, you may be able to just cut a straight line… actually, I guess I could’ve done that, but I wanted to save as much length as I could, so I spent some quality time with my seam ripper)

Turn a Womans Tank Top into a Girls Skirt

I did make a cut at the end of the seam ripping, just to make my top straight.

Turn a Womans Tank Top into a Girls Skirt

Next you need to make a spot for your elastic.  I turned the top inside out, laid the elastic along the top, folded the fabric over it & pinned until I had gone all the way around.  Remove the elastic before you sew (you don’t want to accidentally sew it into place).  Make sure you leave an opening at the beginning/end of the waist of the skirt (to put the elastic through).

Turn a Womans Tank Top into a Girls Skirt

When you’ve sewed around the top, to make the pocket for the elastic, you can put a safety pin through the end of your elastic & push it through.  (To figure out how long of an elastic you need, measure it around the waist of your daughter or whomever will be wearing it)

Turn a Womans Tank Top into a Girls Skirt

I pinned one end of the elastic to the opening, so that I wouldn’t accidentally pull the end through and have to start over.

Turn a Womans Tank Top into a Girls Skirt

Overlap the two ends of elastic & sew them together.  I sewed in the shape of a square, to try & make it strong.  If you need/want to, you can close the hole where you put the elastic through.

Turn a Womans Tank Top into a Girls Skirt

Now get your little model & try it on her!  So cute! :)

Turn a Womans Tank Top into a Girls Skirt

This project took me less than 2 hours (and I had a few extra steps in there because of the top I used… and I was figuring it out as I went)… so you could probably do it even faster!

Now you have a great reason to go, sort through next season’s clothes! :)

Turn a Womans Tank Top into a Girls Skirt

Heather Lynne

If you liked this project, you should check out my post about the time I made a man’s shirt into a little girl’s dress!  Come on over to Raising Memories sometime, and check out my other adventures in beginner’s sewing :)

10 Comments
COMMENTS
  1. May 1st, 2012 at 5:55 am
    Rachelle says:
    So. AWESOME! And cute! Well done-- I've been wanting to do something like this for T, and you make it look so easy. :) Beautiful nails too, BTW ;)
    • May 1st, 2012 at 11:13 am
      Heather Lynne says:
      Thanks Rachelle! This project really was pretty straight forward! (and would be even easier with a more plain tank top, without a zipper)
      And why thank you.. I painted them myself ;)
  2. May 1st, 2012 at 6:02 am
    Hilary says:
    Good one Heather! Man, I really need to try and do more stuff like this!
    • May 1st, 2012 at 11:14 am
      Heather Lynne says:
      Thanks Hilary! I am still wishing I could've been there when you made your twisty crayon roll up thing! I want one but haven't been motivated to try it on my own :/
  3. May 1st, 2012 at 7:11 am
    Alison says:
    Whoo...that is fantastic! Cute idea:)
  4. May 1st, 2012 at 8:52 am
    Mindy says:
    so cute! I'm trying to think of what I put in my donation bag now haha
    • May 1st, 2012 at 11:15 am
      Heather Lynne says:
      haha :) I know! I've been collecting a lot of clothes for projects before donating lately (well, one project in particular- I'm making a quilt out of our "old" clothes).
  5. May 1st, 2012 at 3:52 pm
    Stephanie says:
    I saw your post about the blender. Sounds amazing!!!! I am now a follower of you on Pinterest, I pinned a mother's day idea from your board and I added you to my RSS feed. Thanks for the opportunity to win a fantastic appliance. Bet you're having a great time with it.
  6. May 2nd, 2012 at 10:37 am
    Missy says:
    That turned out so cute. How clever! Great tutorial - you make it look so easy.
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