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Upcycle Tee Shirts Into a Ruffle Twirl Skirt

Did you know that when I started sewing I learned most of my skills by upcycling old tees into new creations? I would stock up on large tees from the Salvation Army and spend hours cutting them up and turning them into new, wearable pieces. My girls’ outgrown shirts would often be repurposed into a dress or skirt. Each piece was unique and adorable. To this day, my girls love a comfortable upcycle! It was no surprise that when I suggested to Vivian that we turn some of her beloved theater tees into a skirt, she eagerly RAN to her room and started pulling tees! Here’s a quick look at what we made!

How to make an upcycle tee shirt skirt. Daydream Believers
To make this special skirt, we used
Ady’s Paneled Pocket Dress pattern from CKC.
Yes, I chose a dress pattern to make a skirt; because – pockets!

upcycle school sports tee shirts  to dress with pockets Daydream Believers for CKC Ady Knit Dress  pocket

If you sew, Ady’s is a great pattern to add to your collection! The Ady’s pattern gives written instructions and pattern pieces to create a short sleeve knit dress with a very full (very twirly!) skirt with optional pockets. The pattern instructions are very well written and easy to follow!  We used the Ady’s pattern pieces to cut the panels and pockets for the skirt, as well as this fun tee shirt.

upcycle with school sports tee shirts Daydream Believers for CKC Ady Knit top

*To alter the dress pattern to make separates – simply follow the instructions as written to assemble the bodice and skirt portions, attach the skirt portion to an elastic waistband, cut the bodice to desired length and hem.

Upcycle school sports theater club tee shirts into a girls skirt dress on daydream believers designs

One of a kind. The girl and the skirt.

:: Ady’s Paneled Pocket Dress PDF Pattern is available for purchase on the CKC website, here ::

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