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Refashioning: Make a Paper Bag Waist Skirt from a Men’s Shirt

September 20, 2019

It’s a great looking skirt made easily & inexpensively from a men’s dress shirt.

So on-trend. So easy to make. You might even have a shirt like this hanging in the closet right now – ready to be made into this season’s hottest skirt. And even if you don’t, it’s cheaper to buy a basic shirt and transform it. (Plus it will be unique – no twinning here!) Read more and see how our fashion blogger, Laura, made this fab paper bag waist skirt using just a couple key DritzĀ® sewing supplies.

Refashioning: Trendy Paper Bag Waist Skirt Made from a Men's Shirt


Refashioning: Trendy Paper Bag Waist Skirt Made from a Men's Shirt

Rock star looks right here.

Heads will turn when you arrive wearing this skirt. Bonus: it’s comfortable and easy-to-wear, too. Pair it with so many casual tops – knits, Ts, a denim jacket. Finish the look with your favorite boots. This really is a must-make. Ready?

Gather your supplies.

A few key ingredients are needed to make this skirt.

Cut apart a men's dress shirt to make it a paper bag waist skirt

Deconstruct the shirt.

Jump over to Trash To Couture for the full sewing tutorial.

For starters, you’ll cut the shirt at the under arm area depending on the length of skirt that you want.

Cut apart a men's dress shirt to make it a paper bag waist skirt

Continue taking it apart.

Again, following Laura’s instructions, continue to cut your shirt creating strips of fabric for the waist.

Sewing elastic into the waist of a skirt

Add elastic.

Insert the elastic to create the “paper bag” effect at the waist. Non-roll 1″ elastic is ideal for this skirt because it’s roll and twist resistant.

Be sure to familiarize yourself with all of the elastic styles that are available for a variety of sewing projects. Download this handy chart to use as a reference when sewing with elastic and determining which is best for your project.

Using a Dritz turner sewing tool to turn a tube of fabric

Make the belt loops.

Use the Dritz loop turner to turn the fabric for the belt loops.

Refashioning: Trendy Paper Bag Waist Skirt Made from a Men's Shirt

Add a sash at the waist.

There are variations for the sash – it can go all the way around the skirt, or be sewn into side seams and tie in the front. You’ll follow the same instructions as you did in making the belt loops.

Refashioning: Trendy Paper Bag Waist Skirt Made from a Men's Shirt

The before & after.

Wow. This refashion is a game changer, don’t you think? See all of Laura’s projects for Dritz for more trendy ideas that are easy to achieve. Check out all of our skirts if you love them as much as we do. Finally – stay in touch with Dritz on Instagram and Facebook for a daily dose of inspiration and know-how.

Happy making!

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