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Refashion: Batwing Top to Skirt

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My sister’s flatmate has just had a wardrobe purge. After the other flatmates sifted through the discards for themselves, my sister scooped up the leftovers and sent them my way. Yippee!

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Among the treasures was this batwing top. The fabric colour with the textured stripes is gorgeous! Love that. The style? It’s blah. Don’t love that. I felt shapeless and swamped.

After playing around with it in the mirror for half an hour, I opted to make it into a skirt.

First I stitched the armholes closed.

Offsquare.com | Refashion a batwing top into a skirt. I could do this!

Attached some elastic around the neck. (P.S. I always unpick and save lengths of good elastic before old clothing goes to the rubbish. This stuff is from Hubby’s old shorts.)

Offsquare.com | Refashion a batwing top into a skirt. I could do this!

I made a few extra tucks in the fabric at the front for pleats. When I wear it, I’ll turn the elastic over to the inside so you won’t see it. I also didn’t want any topstitching to ruin the drape effect, so I only did the one line of stitching.

Lastly, I lifted the back hem a little.

Offsquare.com | Refashion a batwing top into a skirt. I could do this!

Offsquare.com | Refashion a batwing top into a skirt. I could do this!

Offsquare.com | Refashion a batwing top into a skirt. I could do this!

And because we all love a good before/after shot:

Offsquare.com | Refashion a batwing top into a skirt. I could do this!

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18 Comments

    • Haha! Thanks Miriam 🙂 It always takes hundreds of pics to get a good one. It must look crazy to people walking past!

      • Wow, now that’s a compliment! This one had a super wide neck so, if you do find one to refashion, try it on around your waist first and hitch up the neckline at the front to give you an idea of fit and drape 😉

  1. Catherine

    LOVE this !! !! !! That is an amazing re fashion
    And I LOVE friends/family who have wardrobe clean outs .. .. .. I’ve just benefited hugely from one 🙂

    • Thanks so much Cat!! Oh, I love clean outs too. It’s always like Christmas 🙂 Hope you found some new treasures to enjoy in your recent haul!

  2. I love it! Funny I saw the reverse transformation recently on another blog. It was a skirt to a top! Yours looks lovely and comfy!

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