What do you do with an old skirt? If you are into refashion like me, I see it as an opportunity to reuse old clothes. In this tutorial, you will learn how to refashion a skirt into a top. These upcycle project ideas are unique and fun ways to recycle old clothes into something new.
Follow along with these tutorials in order to refashion a skirt into a top. Use old clothes to make new outfits because it’s extremely rewarding to wear something cute that you have created and adds personal touch to your wardrobe.
Upcycle clothes are original and one of a kind. In addition, you extend the life of the garment to get a few extra wears featuring different outfit combinations. Step up to the challenge with me, and follow along with this tutorial to refashion a skirt into a top.
The refashion skirt into top project details step-by-step instruction for you to easily follow along. In addition, the video takes you through each part of the process and the guide covers in-depth written descriptions. Furthermore, the tutorial includes free skirt patterns for each creative design.
The upcycle clothing tutorial details the steps required for 5 different project ideas. In this guide, you will see how to turn a skirt into an off the shoulder top, sleeveless top, short sleeve shirt, halter neck top and also a camisole. From tanks to camis, we have you covered with a variety of fun styles to wear everyday from work to date night.
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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.
Skirt To Sleeveless Top Materials:
- Fabric chalk
- Measuring tape
Skirt Into Sleeveless Top Instructions
- Remove the drawstring from the waistband. The soft grosgrain tape will be used to finish the neckline and armhole.
- Open up the side seam of the tiered skirt. Now you have the front and back piece for the top.
- To make the front piece of the top, fold the front piece in half with the right side facing each other.
- 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.
- 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 1/2” up.
- Add 1/4” seam allowance all around the neckline, armhole, and side seam. Pin along the new chalk mark to secure, and then cut.
- 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.
- 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.
- To sew the sleeveless top, lay the right side of the front and back piece together. Then, sew the shoulder seams and side seams.
- 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. Then, fold the drawstring over the seam, and edge topstitch on the wrong side of the top.
Pro tip: Be careful not to stretch the drawstring as while sewing.
- 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. Then, fold the tape over and edge topstitch on the wrong side of the armhole. Repeat this step on the other armhole.
Tada, you successfully refashion a tiered skirt into a cute sleeveless top. Pair with denim shorts on a casual day or to wear for brunch with the girls. If you have a similar style linen skirt at home, give this upcycle project a try for yourself!
Upcycled Skirt To Halter Neck Top
I had this old silk skirt with pretty floral burnout pattern that I don’t wear anymore. Lighten up the skirt by transforming it into a halter date night top that can be worn to work and also for going out.
I fell in love with the lace pattern, and felt like it would be a perfect upcycle skirt project for a sexy halter neck top. The sheer chiffon lace included a black lining so I don’t need to worry about what to wear underneath.
The neckline was challenging to execute, however the steps in this tutorial clearly demonstrate how to turn a skirt into a halter neck top. Follow along and upcycle your skirt into a top with these simple instructions.
Skirt To Halter Neck Top Materials:
- Fabric chalk
- Measuring tape
Skirt Into Halter Neck Top Instructions
- Fold the skirt in half and measure 21” up from the hemline; mark with chalk. Use the ruler to draw a straight line across to the side seams.
- To make the keyhole neckline, measure 1” away from the folded seam and mark with chalk. Then, measure 5” down from the chalk line and mark. Draw a straight line to create a triangle shape, and cut to make the keyhole.
Helpful hint: Feel free to adjust the length and width of the keyhole neckline as you wish.
- To make the armhole, measure 7” away from the folded seam and mark with chalk. Measure 8 1/2” along the side seam and mark. Use the ruler to draw a straight-line. Then, pin along the chalk mark to secure the inner lining and cut the folded triangle shape.
- To make the halter neckband, use the discarded waistband piece. Measure 3 1/4”, mark with chalk and cut along the chalk mark.
- To sew the halter neck top, flip the front layer and back layer inside out. Match the right sides facing each other. Pin to secure the lining, and then sew 1/4” topstitch along the neckline and armhole.
- To make pleated shoulder straps, fold inwards about 1/2” towards the center front and pin. Do the same on the other side, and then sew to secure the first pleat. Next, add a second pleat by folding 1/4” towards the center front and pin. Do the same on the other side. Verify that both sides are the same width, and then adjust if necessary. Sew both sides to secure the second set of pleats.
- To attach the halter neckband, mark the center of neckband and lay it flat around the neckline. Pin to secure both pieces together and topstitch.
- Next, wrap the neckband around, pin to the back piece, and then sew to secure.
- Fold 1/4” and than fold in half again to meet the neckline. Topstitch to close all the way around the neckband.
Pro tip: Make sure to insert the seam allowance inside the neckband.
Helpful hint: Simply pin along or use an iron press to help sew easily.
- To make a closure for the halter neck, locate the center back placement. Leave about 1/2” overlap, and then cut off any extra fabric.
- Use the original button from the skirt as the new halter top closure. Because the material is silk chiffon, I didn’t cut a buttonhole for this top. Instead, I added a piece of black elastic to make a small loop for the button closure.
- Fold the elastic in half and insert the loop in-between the neckband; topstitch to secure. Finally, hand sew the button on the other side and you are set to go!
I love the floral pattern because it gives a sexy and flattering look to the high neckline and deep slit. You can pair this halter top with dark washed skinny jeans for casual date night or match with a pencil skirt for a fancy dinner date.
Refashion Old Skirt Into Short Sleeve Shirt
I had this ribbed knit skirt for a while and it hasn’t been worn much. As a result, I was excited to transform this skirt into a ribbed cropped top. The skirt had a tight waistband with front slit opening. For this design, I refashioned the slit into a V-neckline.
The ribbed material made the skirt super snug and form fitting. For this upcycle skirt project, I wanted to incorporate the style into a short sleeve shirt. So, I kept the snug fit, and transformed the skirt into a short sleeve shirt. Follow along to learn how to turn your skirt into a top with short sleeves.
Skirt To Short Sleeve Shirt Materials:
- Fabric chalk
- Measuring tape
Skirt Into Short Sleeve Shirt Instructions
- For the front piece of the short sleeve shirt, use your favorite V-neck shirt to copy. Measure about 8” up from the slit and mark with chalk.
- To make a crop top length top, measure 17” down from highest point of the shoulder and mark.
- To adjust the bust measurement, measure 8” away from the V-neckline and mark.
- The shoulder seam is about 3” long, so I drew a smooth curved line to create an armhole.
Helpful hint: If you are not comfortable, use a V-neck t-shirt to trace these lines.
- Use a ruler to draw a straight line along the hem and side seam. Add 1/4” seam allowance alongside the shoulder, armhole, and side seams, and then cut.
- For the back piece of the short sleeve shirt, use the folded front piece to copy. Measure about 3” away along the neckline from center back. Move the front shoulder piece to that point, and mark. Copy the armhole, hemline, and side seam, and then cut along the chalk line.
- To sew the top, lay the right side of front piece and right side of the back piece facing each other. 1/4” topstitch along both shoulder seams and side seams.
- For the short sleeves, use the waistband as part of the sleeve opening. Cut the sides to have two pieces for the sleeves. I cut off the extra fabric to make the same length for both pieces.
- Fold the sleeve piece right side facing each other. Flip the top inside out and lay the sleeve piece on top to trace the armhole. Adjust the sleeve opening while drawing the armhole. Add 1/4” seam allowance and cut. Fold the other piece and trace the exact sleeve pattern.
- To attach the sleeves to the top bodice, start sewing 1/4” topstitch underneath the sleeve opening.
This short sleeve shirt turned into a cute knit cropped top that easily pairs with high waist mom jeans or a casual skirt.
Skirt Into An Off The Shoulder Top
For the off the shoulder balloon sleeve blouse, I used this pleated midi ditzy floral skirt. Because of pleating detail, I though it would be perfect for a pretty blouse with a flowy silhouette. Follow along with this tutorial to understand how to turn a skirt into an off the shoulder top.
This pleated off shoulder top is perfect to add to your capsule wardrobe collection. Off the shoulder tops are so fun to wear, and also brighten up an outfit to make it look super cute. Have fun with this DIY off the shoulder top and add it to your personalized collection.
For this refashion tutorials, I kept the elastic waistband and used it to snug around my shoulders. Therefore, make sure yours fits perfectly around the shoulders before starting the transformation.
The pleats were an attractive feature, so I maintained the vertical texture and transformed the skirt into a DIY off the shoulder top with 3/4 sleeves. Follow the step-by-step instructions to recreate this stylish look for yourself.
Skirt To Off Shoulder Top Materials:
- Fabric chalk
- Measuring tape
- Loop turner
- 3/4” Elastic band
Skirt Into An Off The Shoulder Top Instructions
- Flip the skirt inside out and flatten the hemline. Measure from one side seam to the other so that you know exactly how wide it is. Mine was 38” across.
- Next, pin along the hemline to secure the front and back piece together.
- For the top length, measure 21” down from the waistband and mark with chalk. Draw a dotted line across the skirt and cut.
- For the armhole opening, measure 8” from each side seam and mark with chalk. The arms will be cut from the top bodice.
- For the body opening, measure 22” and mark with chalk.
- For the sleeve length, measure 5” down from the waistband and mark with chalk. Then, draw a straight line with a ruler. Do the same on the other side. Cut along the straight chalk mark until the 5” point.
Pro tip: Pin along both sides of the straight line to secure the front and back piece for cutting. It’s slightly challenging because it has pleating, but try to flatten as you pin the pieces together.
- To sew the sleeves and side seam, 1/4” topstitch under the armhole and along the sides.
- To sew the hemline, double fold 1/4” and edge topstitch.
- For the sleeve opening, use a 6 1/2” long piece of 5/8” width elastic. Overlap the elastic band about 1/2”, and then double topstitch to make a circle.
Helpful hint: Stretch the elastic to make sure it doesn’t pop.
- Slide the elastic ring over the right side of the sleeve opening, and then topstitch the middle of the band. Stretch the elastic as you go around the sleeve. Double fold to cover the elastic band, and edge topstitch to secure.
I love how this off the shoulder balloon sleeve blouse turned out. The top is so pretty to wear with denim jeans or shorts. In addition, the elastic around the shoulder and arms snug very nicely to give the top a flowy and elegant look.
Skirt Into Camisole Top
I felt that a sexy camisole top was missing from my closet collection. For this cowl neck camisole top I used this satin midi skirt. It has nice shine and drapes amazingly nice on the body and I thought it would allowed me to incorporate a few fun techniques for a perfect going out top.
For this refashion, I felt that the skirt material was perfect to turn into a date night top. Mimicking a camisole top, I add a cowl neckline that adds a touch of sexiness to the design. Furthermore, I used a similar bowtie spaghetti strap in the silk slip dress tutorial.
Source a similar material, and add follow this skirt to camisole top tutorial. This look is super cute, and can be worn with many different stylish outfits.
Skirt To Camisole Top Materials:
- Fabric chalk
- Measuring tape
- Loop turner
Skirt Into Camisole Top Instructions
- Flip the skirt inside out, measure 16” up from the hemline, and then mark with chalk. Draw a line across and cut.
- To make the bowtie shoulder straps, use the remaining skirt piece. Cut open the side seams and measure 1” from the cut line. Draw a line across, and then cut along the chalk mark. Cut 4 pieces that are 20 1/2” long by 1” wide in order to tie a cute bow with the shoulder straps.
- Fold each strap with the right side facing together and 1/4” topstitch. Then, use a loop turner to flip each strap inside out.
- To hem the camisole top, double fold the cut edge 1/4”, and then edge topstitch.
Pro tip: Don’t over stretch the hem. Because the skirt was already cut on a bias, it tends to stretch very easily.
- To create a snug fit, use the elastic waistband from the skirt. Cut a 1/4” wide strip of elastic to attach on the back of the camisole.
- Next, snip open the hemming along both side seams. Insert the elastic through the tunnel to meet on the other side. Edge topstitch to secure the elastic on both sides.
Helpful hint: Snip with scissors on the inside of the garment, but do not cut through the entire seam.
- To attach the front spaghetti straps, measure 3” away from the side seam and mark with chalk. Do the same on the other side. Add spaghetti straps inside the chalk mark, pin to secure and sew across the each strap a couple of times.
- To attach the back spaghetti straps, measure across the back piece and space the straps 6”~7” apart. Attach the straps on both sides, pin to secure, and sew across each strap a couple of times.
Tie a bow with the straps and enjoy your brand new cowl neck camisole top. You can easily wear to work with blazer or wear as is as a sexy date night outfit.
In this tutorial, you learned exactly what to do with an old skirt. Follow along to refashion a skirt into a top. The simple upcycle skirt projects add fresh new looks to your capsule wardrobe collection. Wear these one of a kind looks with your favorite basic essentials.
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