Tiered Skirt From Old Shirts

By  Mary Ayres 

size: 24" long


  • Old shirts, six (or six 3/8 yd. coordinating fabrics)
  • White grosgrain ribbon, 3/8”


  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Optional: Cutting mat, Lucite ruler, and rotary tool
  • 1. Cut the following strips from shirt fabrics: 6"x40-1/2" (casing); 5"x42" (second); 5"x43-1/2" (third); 5"x48" (fourth); 5"x54" (fifth); 5"x63" (sixth). Piece strips together as needed until they are required measurement.
  • 2. Sew short ends of each strip together to make six tubes.
  • 3. Sew basting stitch around top of second strip, 1/4" from edge to slightly gather. Sew bottom of first strip to top of second strip, adjusting gathers as needed.
  • 4. Continue sewing all strips together in same way. Sew zigzag stitch along raw edges of seams to prevent unraveling.
  • 5. Sew two 3/4" buttonholes 1" apart at center front of skirt, 13/8" from top. Cut slits in buttonholes.
  • 6. For casing, fold and press top edge of skirt over to inside 1-1/4". Fold and press raw edge of casing under 1/4". Sew around skirt close to bottom edge of casing. Use safety pin to insert ribbon that is long enough to wrap around waist and tie a bow, through casing.
  • 7. To hem, fold raw edge of skirt under 1/4", then fold under 1/4" again. Sew around skirt close to folded edge.
  • 8. Twist skirt from top to bottom and store folded that way for a wrinkled appearance.
  • Note
  • 1. Sew all strips with right sides together, pinning and pressing as needed, using 1/2" seam allowance. Skirt is 24" long. Instructions are provided for size 8 (36" to 38" hips.) Follow cutting chart to make skirt a different size.