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Shark Tank Skirt

Jersey Tank from Old Tees!
Jersey Dress from Old Tees!

When a friend gave me this boring sweater tank, I held on to it for a while.  “Meh…it’ll be okay for work.” (transl. :  “This is really boring!”), I thought.  Of course, I really don’t dress like a proper grownup at work, so this boring tank went completely unworn.  :/

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I recently scored a sweet sequined tank that didn’t work with anything in my wardrobe, so I decided to turn this tank into a cute miniskirt to pair it with!  🙂

First, I made a big chop, with the help of Mr. Spock!

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I couldn’t have done it without him! 🙂

Then, I pinned that top raw edge under twice…

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Pin it!

and stitched it down, leaving a small gap at the end.

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I took a length of elastic and threaded it through the gap into the casing.

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This little doohicky is called a bodkin, and it pretty much rocks. 🙂

Then, I stitched it together!

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Almost done!

And that’s all it takes to make a quick & cute miniskirt from an unwanted tank top!  🙂

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And it looks swell with my sparkly top! 🙂

You can’t really tell what to top of my skirt looks like with that long sparkly tank over it, so here’s a closer look!

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It’s just a simple elastic waist, y’all! 🙂

I wore my cute new skirt to a fun party with friends.  For some reason we all piled into the bathroom (what???) to snap a pic! 🙂

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I mean it is a rather large bathroom…

Such a fun time!  🙂

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Just chillin’ by the AC unit…like ya do!



Jersey Tank from Old Tees!
Jersey Dress from Old Tees!

15 thoughts on “Shark Tank Skirt”

  1. Hi Jillian! I have been following your blog for a couple weeks, and I just wanted to tell you how inspiring you are! I have been wanting to pick up a hobby like this for forever to help save money, and you’ve given me the boost to do it! I started a little blog, and have already posted something. [It’s not WOW, but it’s a start] and I just wanted to say thank you for the confidence you have given me to not be afraid to start cutting fabric! If you want to visit, it is:

    I hope you don’t mind that I mentioned you in my first post. Let me know if you do mind though, and I will remove your website link no problem. 🙂


  2. The refashion looks great and you’re just darling ! The new fella must be good for you, between the happy glow on your face and the sparkly sequined top,, ya almost need a pair of sunglasses! Cute, Cute! Oh, and did I say it already? CUTE!

  3. So cute! I have a question – when cutting sweater type fabrics, do you have to do something special to keep them from fraying?

  4. Oh yes! I almost forgot, I want to ask you a question. I’ve seen the answer to this on here before but no clue where. How do you keep clothing from looking splotchy when you dye it? I dyed a school dress for my daughter and it’s splotchy. It was a light blue color dress I ordered from LL Bean for spring pictures and of course she got a stain on it that wouldn’t come off. I used scarlet red rit dye. I put it in the washer in hot water with a cup of salt. I followed the instructions to a tee…or so I thought. For the most part it turned out kind of a darkish pink with red splotches. I really need it to be red because she has to wear certain colored uniforms to school. The fabric is 40% polyester and 60% baumwolle (cotton). I would be so grateful for any advice you may have for me. It is my favorite school dress. The uniforms are so tiring. School shopping is too easy! Lol!

    • Was the dress fully wetted when you added the dye? Are the splotches where the stain is? I’ve always had a bit of an issue getting Scarlet dye to end up being anything other than coral. I’d toss in a little bit of blue dye for the next go round.

      • Hmm it may not have been fully wet. The splotches were random, not where the stains were. Thanks so much for tips! I will try again with blue to. You’re genius!

  5. Fun!! You inspire me with so many new sewing projects! I like your new sewing machine too! I have my mother’s Kenmore from the 70’s and it’s what I grew up sewing on….lacks all the super cool new features, but she can still do some mean button holes and zig zag for hours! Cannot wait to see what you do next! Love love all of your “year one” and “year two’ blogs..I’ve read them all!

  6. Loving the sparkly top! This skirt is about the extent of my refashioning to date… easy peasy stuff that you would normally throw away! Great work!

  7. Looking fabulous as usual, Jillian! Skirts from t-shirts or vests work really well for summer and are SO easy and quick to make. And sequins make everything better 😉


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