Making Stuff: Men’s Western Shirt to Yoked Girl’s Skirt

by This is Carrie on March 18, 2010

BEFORE:

A too-big western shirt of Todd’s destined for the Goodwill but before it got stuffed in the bag, it called out to me, begging to be made into a skirt for Princess.

And I knew it had to have a yoke.  It just so happened this western shirt had the perfect yoke on the back.

AFTER:

I think it might be one of my favorite refashions ever.

There isn’t even a hem. I ended up just tucking the bottom of the shirt under and tacking it in a few spots to keep it in place, creating a semi-bubble look.

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Jamee Homemaker March 18, 2010 at 7:03 am

oh my word that is fabulous – must make it!!

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Lynne March 18, 2010 at 7:14 am

I love it! The combo of the bubble and the yoke make the skirt! Perfect!

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Amy Wright March 18, 2010 at 7:16 am

Wow! This is amazing!

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Mauri March 18, 2010 at 8:27 am

This is adorable! I love the pockets and yoke. Too cute!

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Sew It To Me March 18, 2010 at 9:19 am

Love the yoke. This skirt turned out so cute and the bubble bottom is a perfect finish!

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Linda March 18, 2010 at 11:39 am

Yeah, this is a pretty amazing refashion. I am pregnant with a boy but your refashions make me want a girl! haha, just kidding, there is plenty to refashion for boys, right? But I do love the skirt.

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Camie March 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm

You are such an inspiration. I love this look–it’s somehow so feminine, given it came from a plaid cowboy shirt, and so adorably original.

I have enjoyed a few dicey sewing exploits of my own ever since I linked to you from Design Mom (“dicey” because I have no sewing training nor half a clue about how to operate my Janome). But your blog got me thinking.

Thought you might like to see my latest!

http://cwoolley.blogspot.com/2010/01/repurposing-part-3.html

Thanks, Carrie!

P.S. You may like to know my family did a shoe drive, having seen your Soles4Souls post as well. Great stuff!

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EvaBabeDesigns March 18, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Super Cute! Thanks for this! I’ll have to remember this one when I’m raiding my husband’s closet for more fabric!!

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mommymita March 18, 2010 at 8:37 pm

yes – definitely a favorite!

What did you do for a closure? Or is it just elastic in the back – I like the flat and fitted look of the yoke turned waist band.

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Allison March 19, 2010 at 7:03 am

I love it. And Ted has so many western shirts….

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Nicole Lamb March 19, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Ok, I think this might be my favorite redo I have ever seen. Ever. I LOVE it. So much. I am making one!

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Southern Institute for Domestic Arts and Crafts March 20, 2010 at 8:41 pm

That is great! What a cool remake! Way to go!

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Heather Carlson March 21, 2010 at 8:24 am

Wow!!! How did you make this?!?! Do you sell the pattern/directions at all?!?!?

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This is Carrie
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Sorry guys! No pattern or directions at the moment. My advice for now would be -”don’t be afraid to just start cutting”. And really, someone else is bound to post their own tutorial for my design sooner than I will.

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Sarah March 21, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Love this! It would be awesome if you could post a tutorial. PS I ended up getting the ThreadBanger and I love it. Thanks so much for the advice.

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Heather M. March 23, 2010 at 5:36 pm

So cute, I love it! I have one of these shirts laying around. Hopefully mine turns out as nice as yours! ;-)

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mine de rien... June 1, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Wouw! i love it! quite difficult for me to understand all words (i’m french), but i can tell you that this skirt is really cute! and fits the model very well! i’m always happy to discover people doing same things as i do. Maybe you would like to see my refashions too? thanks again!

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Jennifer February 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm

You could use the cuffs to trim the shirt sleeves to make it match. But I am sure you already thought of that. Love the redesigns and it makes me want a girl. I have boys. Maybe some day I will have nieces…

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