Refashion Old Skirt Into Sleeveless Top (Sewing For Beginners!)

 


I found this old linen skirt jammed in the back of my closet and felt like it was a great refashion opportunity. Sometimes its best to just turn old clothes into something new. In this beginners sewing tutorial, we will refashion an old skirt into sleeveless top.

skirt into sleeveless top before and after

I felt like this sleeveless top was perfect for a warm sunny day. The tiered structure looks great as a top, and the linen material drapes nicely on the body.

skirt into sleeveless top photo 1

For this old skirt into top refashion, the three tiered linen skirt was perfect. However, a transformation can be applied to other skirt styles as well. For more inspiration, search through these refashion skirt into top projects.

 

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skirt into sleeveless top photo 2

Choose this DIY sleeveless top upcycle, or fall in love with another design to work with. Either way, we have you covered with up-to-date styles and fashion trends.

Learn how to transform your old clothing. By following the steps in these upcycled clothing tutorials, you will be able to completely redesign your old clothes into fashionable wardrobe pieces. Its extremely rewarding to make your own DIY fashion.

Refashion Old Skirt Into Sleeveless Top

Refashion Old Skirt Into Sleeveless Top

I thought this skirt would make a perfect summer sleeveless top. I wanted to maintain the flowy look and tiered structure in this refashion skirt into sleeveless top project.

The old skirt has three-tiered layers made with a beautiful wavy flow fabric, and also features a linen fabric drawstring. I owned this skirt for a long time, so it was time for an upcycle. 

By converting the waist into shoulder straps, I was easily able to upcycle this skirt into a sleeveless top. Learn how to transform your skirt by following the steps in this tutorial.

Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Beginner

Materials

  • Old Skirt

Tools

  • Sewing Machine
  • Fabric Chalk
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ruler¬†
  • Scissors
  • Straight Pins

Instructions

  1. Remove the drawstring from the waistband. The soft grosgrain tape will be used to finish the neckline and armhole.
    refashion old skirt into sleeveless top step 1
  2. Open up the side seam of the tiered skirt.
    refashion old skirt into sleeveless top step 2
    Now you have the front and back piece for the top.
    refashion old skirt into sleeveless top step 3
  3. To make the front piece of the top, fold the front piece in half with the right side facing each other.
    Sewing tip: Because the skirt was cut on a bias, it was a little bit flimsy. Therefore, I pinned along the folded seam to make it easier to trace and cut.
    refashion old skirt into sleeveless top step 4
  4. Pick your favorite crewneck or regular t-shirt to copy. Fold the t-shirt in half and pin along the shoulder seam, center front and also the side seam. Lay the top along the pinned center front. Trace the neckline, shoulder seam and armhole. I used a ruler to make the side seam straight to the hemline. 
    Helpful hint: The neck drop was a little bit low for me, so I ended up raising 1 ½” up.
    refashion old skirt into sleeveless top step 5
  5. Add ¼” seam allowance all around the neckline, armhole, and side seam. Pin along the new chalk mark to secure, and then cut.
  6. To make the back piece of the top, fold the back skirt piece in half with the right sides facing each other. Then, pin along the center back. 
    refashion old skirt into sleeveless top step 6
  7. Lay the cut front piece on top of the skirt. Mark the back neckline about 1” down from the skirt waistline. Draw a smooth curve line to the shoulder seam, and then trace the shoulder seam, armhole, and side seam. Pin along the chalk mark to secure and cut. 
    refashion old skirt into sleeveless top step 7
  8. To sew the sleeveless top, lay the right side of the front and back piece together.
    refashion old skirt into sleeveless top step 8
    Then, sew the shoulder seams and side seams.
    refashion old skirt into sleeveless top step 9
  9. To finish the neckline, flip the top inside out. Start from one shoulder seam and place the drawstring around the neckline. Begin in the middle, and sew topstitch all around.
    refashion old skirt into sleeveless top step 10
    Then, fold the drawstring over the seam, and edge topstitch on the wrong side of the top. 
    refashion old skirt into sleeveless top step 11
    Pro tip: Be careful not to stretch the drawstring as while sewing. 
    refashion old skirt into sleeveless top step 12
  10. To finish the armhole, use the remaining drawstring. I cut the tape in half and used topstitch. Start at the under armhole seam on the right side of the fabric. 
    refashion old skirt into sleeveless top step 14
    Then, fold the tape over and edge topstitch on the wrong side of the armhole. Repeat this step on the other armhole.
    refashion old skirt into sleeveless top step 15

Notes

This refashion old skirt into sleeveless top is best beginner sewing tutorial ever! Super cute for casual top to wear with shorts and jeans. Pin it and let's DIY it!

For this old skirt into top refashion, I used a three tiered linen skirt. However, a similar redesign can be applied to other skirt styles as well.
refashion old skirt into sleeveless top step 17

Refashion Old Skirt Into Sleeveless Top

Soonjoo Uh

I graduated with a bachelors of fine arts degree in fashion design. I worked in the fashion industry as a lead designer for major brand name labels such as Stitch Fix, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and Dillards. Now, I am the founder of the website Fashion Wanderer where I share current fashion trends, style tips and how to build a capsule wardrobe collection.

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