It may not be all official like on the calendar yet but with the kids out of school and the weather heating up, it sure feels like summer around here. There’s something about the summer months that screams out for tie dye clothing items. Tie dyeing with the kids (once you embrace the mess) is so much fun we make sure to fit it into our summer bucket list every year. I love playing around with tie dye techniques. A few years ago I did a few Glue Gun and Tie Dye Onsies. And this past year, after a tie dye marathon last, where we experimented with using sand to tie dye, I was left with a few extra t-shirts. I used a few of the large men’s t-shirts we dyed to sew sleep shorts for each of the boys, and it occurred to me that I’ve neglected my own tie dye wardrobe. To remedy this delinquency, I thought a DIY Knit Tie Dye Skirt was in order.
All this knit tie dye t-shirt skirt required was a large men’s t-shirt (pre-dyed) and a scrap of ribbed knit fabric. In under 30 minutes, I had myself a super comfortable tie dyed skirt that’s perfect for lazying around the house, running out to the grocery store or lounging by the pool. There’s just something about tie dyed items that exudes a summer vibe.
Want to make a DIY knit tie dye skirt of your own? Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 large tie dyed men’s t-shirt
- ribbed knit
- large pattern paper
- measuring tape
- thread and sewing machine
Step 1: Create your pattern.
(A) Measure your hip circumference at your widest part. If you’re hips measure more than 40 inches you may want to move up to an extra large t-shirt.
(B) Measure your waist to the desired length (mine sits just above the knee). You’ll be limited here by the length of the t-shirt. If you want more length, move up to an X-large t-shirt.
(C) Measure your waist circumference.
Now a for a wee bit of math. Create a rectangle on the large pattern paper based on the following measurements.
B + 1 inch
(C + 1″)/2
Then slash and spread the rectangle to create the skirt pattern piece to fit measure A. For a full tutorial on this method, check out this tutorial.
Cut your t-shirt along the one side seam so the fabric lays flat. Based on the waist measurement of this pattern piece, create a rectangular waistband piece that measures 1/2 inch larger than the waist measurement X 7 inches. Cut your piece of ribbing on the fold.
Fold on side of the fabric in and lay your pattern piece on the fold. Cut.
If you were able to cut your length to match the existing hem, you’re one step ahead of the game. Now pin both skirt pieces right sides together and serge or use a zig zag stitch, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Pin the waistband, right sides together on the short sides and sewing using a 1/2 inch seam allowance and a zig zag stitch.
Fold and press the waistband matching the raw edges.
Turn the skirt right side out. Mark the center front and back of the skirt. Match and pin at each mark, making sure the seam of the waistband is in the middle back position.
Continue around the waistband, alternating sides, to pin the raw edge of the waistband to the raw edge of the skirt. Sew using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, stretching the ribbed band as you go. Press and sew the hem and you’re good to go. The knit band makes this the most comfortable thing in my closet and I can’t help but feel cheerful when I wear it.
I’m ready to wear my tie dye skirt while I sip my summertime drink and listen to some Jimmy Buffet or Alan Jackson.
Looking for more fun summer sewing projects? Check out the Summer Sewing Series from Polka Dot Chair!
Have a great summer ya’ll!