diy swing skirt from sweaters

December 10, 2012

Every time I go thrifting I buy up all the cashmere and wool sweaters I can find. More often than not, the styles are pretty dated or they have a few holes so I can’t wear them. Cashmere and wool fabrics are expensive to purchase buy-the-yard in fabric stores so these sweaters are the perfect alternative. 

  • 5 sweaters in complimenting colors. I used women’s sweaters, if you’re using mens you’ll probably only need 3
  • 1 yard of jersey fabric for the lining
  • 1/2″ wide woven elastic

[Using a ruler, cut out a panel that is 5″ wide at the top and flares to 10″ at the bottom. The length of mine was 21″, but you should measure and see how long you’d like the skirt to be]
[Using the first piece as a pattern, cut out 9 more pieces from the other sweaters. The skirt I made is a size small. If you are making a larger skirt you will need more panels]

[Keep sewing the panels together at the sides, alternating colors]

[This is what the skirt looks like once all the panels have been sewn together]
[Using the sweater skirt as a pattern, cut out a skirt in the lining fabric. Sew the side seams together]

[With the right sides of the fabric facing each other, sew the skirt to the lining at the waistband]
[Measure the elastic around your waist. Make sure it is loose enough to fit over your hips. Sew on to the waistband]
[Sew the lining down at each panel seam to prevent it from riding up]

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