[repurposed] DIY Striped Maxi Skirt

DIY Striped Maxi Skirt (from tank tops) | Redesigned By M

I’ve been coveting a bold striped maxi skirt this season. I even went shopping for one, but it seems the stores are only carrying maxi skirts with diagonal stripes. I was very insistent that the stripes be horizontal. And bold. No wimpy stripes for me!

Then one day just before Fourth of July, while shopping the $1 flip flop sale at Old Navy, I saw several [cheap] tank tops stacked on the tables. The price was so great that I decided I probably needed to refill my dwindling supply of tank tops. But then…. as I fondled the material…. a lightbulb went off in my head.

Maxi skirt!!!!

So, I rummaged for two contrasting colors that would be awesome together. And I bought three tank tops in XL just to make sure I had enough material to work with. The price would be the same whether I got a small or an XXL, so why not get the larger size? It turns out I was spot on in getting the larger size because I needed it to fit around my large a$$.

Here’s how I made the skirt:

DIY Striped Maxi Skirt (from tank tops) | Redesigned By M

And voilà!

DIY Striped Maxi Skirt (from tank tops) | Redesigned By M

I paired the skirt with a navy tank top (also from Old Navy, but in a different style), threw on a long chain necklace and a few baubles with strappy sandals, and I had an instant go-to outfit that was effortless chic! This skirt was so comfortable that I put it on for the mini photo shoot and didn’t take it off for the rest of the day. I love that it’s a T-shirt material – so comfy!

DIY Striped Maxi Skirt (from tank tops) | Redesigned By M

A few other tips I didn’t include in the photo tutorial:

  • Use the hem of one tank top as the hem of the skirt. This way you won’t need to do an extra step! (Plus, commercial hemming is way better than anything I could ever do.)
  • As I worried about running out of material, I did undo the hem of the pink tank top to get an extra inch.
  • Do make sure to iron out all the seams when you’re finished sewing. It’ll help to smooth out all the puckering in the material.
  • Since my waist measures smaller than my hips, I had to do extra sewing at the top of my skirt like this:

DIY Striped Maxi Skirt (from tank tops) | Redesigned By M

To determine how to lay out the stripes:

  1. I measured the full length of my leg from my waistline to the underside of my ankle bone. (Get someone to help you with this as you won’t be able to get the accurate measurement from your vantage point.)
  2. My final length was 35″. As I thought an odd number of stripes would look best, I divided 35 by 5, which yielded 7″ per stripe.
  3. I added 1/2″ – 3/4″ to each 7″ band on both sides, with the exception of the top band, which I detailed in the above tutorial, and the bottom band which I only added 1/2″ – 3/4″ to one side.

DIY Striped Maxi Skirt (from tank tops) | Redesigned By M

What do you think? Do you love it? (Please say you do!)

Total time: 2.5 hours from start to finish. Includes sketching and planning time, which only took about 15 minutes.

Total cost: Each tank top was $3.50 with an additional discount for spending over a certain amount (special promotion for the day). As the discount per item was minimal, I’ll just omit the sales tax from the final total to even things out. The elastic band was recycled from another article of clothing, so that didn’t cost anything. I wish I had navy thread on hand, but I didn’t so I used black thread of which I had mass quantities. Final tally was $10.50!! Woohoo! Quite a good price for getting EXACTLY what I want. Yay!

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  1. What an amazing idea you had, and the end result is just fabulous. It’s nice to be able to see another use for something, and get exactly what you want…..I too, believe highly in re-use, re-purpose, redesign…Regards, Judy

  2. sedrate

     /  July 31, 2013

    I like the simple pattern and the reuse of tank tops but I don’t like maxi skirts, just personal taste. I like the skirt for you.

  3. Very nice! Great choice of colors for the skirt and photos look awesome.

  4. Thank you, Judy! I think it’s thrilling to be able to see a new life in an object, too. ~M.

  5. I didn’t think maxi skirts would be flattering on me because I’m so short, but if you find (or make) one in the right fit and pattern, you’d be surprised! Gotta keep pushing myself out of the box. ~M.

  6. Thank you so much! ~M.

  7. I really like the dress and your hair looks amazing!

  8. Thank you, Ms. Melanie! That was just my rolled-out-of-bed look. Haha – kidding!! ~M.

  9. I love it! I was recently thinking of something to do with some tank tops and this is the best idea yet. I am off to Old Navy! 😉 (Great photos also.)

  10. That is incredible! You look lovely too. =)

  11. M!!! What the what what? You can make your own maxi skirt? How did I not know about this awesomeness?

    It looks amazing and I’m super tempted to try it myself!

    Well done you!

    Cheers, Becky

    P.S. Literally as I type this I’m wearing a bold stripe maxi dress. Lol!

  12. I love it! Great idea and an excellent, detailed tutorial! I just may try it 🙂

  13. Thank you! Let me know how your version turns out and let me know if you come across any problems in my tutorial. ~M.

  14. What a lovely compliment, thank you! ~M.

  15. Why not have a go at it! Let me know how your version turns out. ~M.

  16. Hahaha! It was probably the exact skirt I’ve been scouring the shops for! You should definitely make one. I bet your version would look fantabulous! ~M.

  17. I like this idea! And the maxi skirt looks good on you. To me they look good on both the short and tall. I like it the way you have it, but I also wonder if it would work going all the way and making it a full dress with an extra tank. -Nizzy

  18. Adorable! Looks great on you!

  19. Thank you! ~M.

  20. It could definitely work as a dress with a fourth tank top! I chose to make it as a skirt so I could change up the top and have more flexibility in outfit options. Do you think you’ll make one? ~M.

  21. LOVE this! I acutally think i might try this, as i have been looking for a cute maxi skirt, this is perfect!!

  22. I think I’m going to put this on the to-do list! -Nizzy

  23. Beautiful! I hope to copy this soon!

  24. Awesome! Let me know how it turns out for you! ~M.

  25. Definitely do! And then show me your version. ~M

  26. Yay! Would love to see your version! ~M.

  27. This is Sooo cute! Love it!

  28. Thank you! ~M.

  29. The Wild Rose Studio

     /  August 1, 2013

    That’s an amazing idea! Thanks for sharing!

    And thanks for liking my blog post. 🙂

  30. I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for visiting! ~M.

  31. I love these colors and combination!! Very cute! Ty for linking it up to Thrifty Thursday!

  32. Thanks, Ruth! Thanks also for hosting a great party! ~M.

  33. This looks so cute! Very clever! Thanks for sharing this at TTF this week.


  34. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

     /  August 4, 2013

    You are looking super cute and summery!

  35. Thanks, Linda! ~M.

  36. Awww, thanks, Sharon! ~M.

  37. Brilliant tutorial and you look fab! 🙂 n I lv the color combo

  38. Thank you so much!

  39. This is great!! I can’t find maxi skirts long enough for me, so I should just make them myself! I’d love for you to link up to The DIY’ers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-diyers-and-my-new-rug.html

  40. Thank you! That is exactly why we end up DIYing most of the time… can’t seem to find the perfect thing that we dream up in our heads in the stores. Thanks for the invite to the party… will be stopping in shortly.

  41. This turned out so cute! And a great tutorial! I am going to feature this post tomorrow for “Features from TTF”. I hope you will drop by and get the “I was featured” button for your blog!

  42. Thank you so much, Diann! So honored to be featured!

  43. blaanca

     /  August 14, 2013

    great work. thank you for the inspiration!
    warm regards

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