Leanne Wei


Today's DIY pink floral skirt marks my very first fashion DIY on Honey & Velvet and I'm so excited to share with you the different ways you can transform old pieces of garments into something completely new and wearable. With spring in the air, I've been obsessing over all the beautiful spring blossoms on just about every flower stand in New York City. I was browsing through a couple of thrift stores when I spotted this blouse. Now, while this isn't exactly the most flattering piece of garment, I was really drawn to the vibrant colour of this pink floral print. It's a bit on the girly side, but it would definitely make a really cute and flirty print for spring/summer. While deciding the different ways to rework this blouse, I originally thought about making it into a strapless top while secretly hoping there would be enough fabric for me to turn this into a little high waisted skirt. After draping the fabric around for a little bit, it turns out that I did have enough fabric for a skirt after all and I can still wear it as a strapless top! Talk about multi-functionality. So ladies, let's get started! 

For this DIY tutorial, you will need: 

  • An old floral blouse (the larger, the better to give you more fabric to work with)
  • A pair of high waisted skirt or shorts currently in your closet
  • A sewing machine (you can also hand sew if a sewing machine isn't available)
  • An elastic waistband
  • Sewing needles
  • Matching coloured cotton or polyester thread
  • Fabric scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric pins
  • Tailors chalk
  • Ruler

To begin, lay your blouse on a flat surface. 

Using a ruler and a piece of tailors chalk, mark a straight line across the blouse beginning from the bottom of one armhole to the other. This will be the fabric that you will be working with. Pin the fabric and cut. 

So... I didn't do a very good job at cutting a straight line, but it should look something like this :)

To avoid the fabric sliding, pin the two layers together, making sure the front and back hemline match up together. 

Measure the length you want your skirt to be, plus an extra one to two inches. Place a pair of high waisted skirt or shorts over the fabric and trace the pattern. Next, add an extra 1/2 inch around the patter for the seam allowance. I kept the same hem from the shirt on my skirt and just extended side seams in between the gap from the hem of my shorts to the hem of the skirt. 

Cut the pattern out sew the side seams together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

To attach the waistband, measure the size of your waist, plus half an inch. For a step by step tutorial on attaching waistbands, see here for an easy tutorial by Nancy Zieman or here for a video tutorial by HowcastArtsRec.

And, voila! Since I used the same hem from the shirt on my skirt, no extra hem sewing was involved. Easy and simple. Happy DIY-ing!