1. UPCYCLED TURQUOISE SKIRT BY APRIL IRIS MCLEOD OF THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE
2. THE BEGINNING 2 THRIFT STORE SHIRTS Left-mens woven button-down shirt turquoise with black and turquoise lined cuffs, back yoke, and collar band Right womens knit floral print top with lace trim
3. THE DECONSTRUCTION Left cut a 10 wide strip off the bottom of the knit top (for the waistband) Above cut the woven shirt just below the pockets straight across Center cut off sleeve cuffs carefully, leaving the attaching seam intact Im using that black pinstripe for the front of my waistband! Left underside of cuffs before cutting in half buttons will be moved to black side of cuffs Right, cuffs cut in half and placed above the button placket on skirt this will allow the skirt to button up all the way up
4. DESIGN Clockwise from top left: - 2 halves of the cuffs , showing fashion fabric and lining - Stitching together two halves of cuffs Both half-cuff sets sewn together - Basting new center waistband on front of skirt in preparation for adding the knit part of the waistband
5. DESIGN CONT. Left to Right: - Basting the 10 inch wide strip of knit (folded in half) to one side of the front waistband (black cuffs) (cuffs are only basted at this point) - After measuring knit fabric around hips (or waist) to other side of FW pin knit fabric to top of blue skirt fabric - Stitching knit waistband in place this is serged but can be straight-stitched and zigzagged for strength
6. RECONSTRUCTION Top Left: Knit waistband is attached. Top Right: FW (cuff) is pinned to make sure buttons are aligned the two FW halves will be placed over the knit waistband and the blue skirt fabric and topstitched Bottom Left: The top edge of the blue fabric, showing where I serged it to prevent raveling. Normally, this would be turned down all the way around the top of skirt, but I needed it to be sticking up where the black cuffs overlap the front Bottom Right: One side of FW basted in place prior to machine stitching.
7. RECONSTRUCTION (CONT.) Top Left: Both halves of FW pinned and basted in place Top Right: FW pinned and basted to skirt and knit part of waistband Bottom Left: Stitching over existing stitching lines on FW Bottom Right: One side of FW stitched in place
8. RECONSTRUCTION (CONT.) Top Left: Make sure you backstitch here Top Right: Stitching around the FW Bottom Right: Second row of stitching on very edge of FW all the way around
9. FINISHED! COMPLETED SKIRT FRONT, BACK, AND FW DETAIL!