Shirt to Skirt -LOVE Collar as the waistband.

Posted: June 1, 2012 in Crafts
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I’m sharing this because after making several of these, I do love keeping the collar on the waist. I think using the collar as part of the waistband is way too adorable!

(This is so cute!)  I found this on this website ( but was unable to link to it.  So I copied the directions.

It is never as easy as they make it appear (or I don’t think so!) But SO worth it and much easier each time.  This is my favorite look!


What you will need:

{1}   Men’s dress shirt

{2}   Ruler

{3}   Scissors

{4}   Sewing Machine & thread

{5}   Needle and pins

  {1}  Lay your dress shirt out flat and cut across the chest, just under the arms.  Remove the collar, cutting at the seam.  Once removed, cut the collar in two equal parts for each side of the waist.

{2}   Sew four pleats into the shirt; two in the front and two in the back.  Use a ruler to make sure you are placing them evenly.  I used a mannequin and pinned the pleats where I needed them.  Once you have the pleats pinned, press with and iron, and then use a sewing machine to sew all four in place.

{3}   Use a ruler to determine the right place for the two half collar pieces – place them wherever you want but make sure they are evenly spaced from the middle button.  Pin in the right place and sew with a sewing machine.  Cut the excess off from the back when done.

{4}   Use a needle and thread to connect the back of the collar pieces to the skirt; just the bottom edge so a belt can go through.

{5}   Take a piece of fabric from the unused sleeve to make a belt loop.  Use a ruler to make sure you place it in the middle and sew by hand; add a button.  If needed, add a button to the front to secure the top of the skirt.

{6}   Do a final ironing, throw on a belt, and you’re ready to go!


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