DIY: A Girl Can at Least Dream Skirt

I’ve never been to Hawaii.

But judging from the looks of the men’s section at my local thrift store,  I’m guessing that many men here do make the trip, sport a Hawaiian shirt while there and donate it ASAP when they return. The men’s shirt rack is always loaded with these fun floral shirts.

Lucky for me because if I can’t actually go there, I can at least spend a few minutes, make myself a cute summer skirt, and pretend to bask on those beautiful sunny beaches.


Go get yourself a big ‘ol Hawaiian shirt, some scissors, and your sewing machine and I’ll show you how:

And there you have it, a cute new summer skirt.

Now grab a fruity drink with an umbrella, your flip flops, some sunscreen, and let’s go find some water to lounge around with a good book this afternoon.

A girl can at least dream!

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I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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22 Responses to DIY: A Girl Can at Least Dream Skirt

  1. Jodi says:

    I love the skirt but I am wondering if it gapes open at the buttons and do you feel that it is tight enough with no elastic in the waist? Maybe add a little bit of elastic in the back to have a little give but then you still have the feature of being able to button it up? I am just thinking out loud before I give it a try myself. Thanks for the great ideas!

    • Good Morning Jodi,
      I hope you do try the skirt. It’s fun and easy to make.
      Since each shirt has different fabric and styling, you will have to adjust accordingly. I was going for a flat look so I chose darts instead of elastic. But your shirt fabric might be better with elastic than darts.
      Also, you may have to add some buttons if they end up gaping. Mine was fine, but I might add a button to the bottom. You can use the extra buttons from the top of the shirt that you cut off.
      Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions, I’d be happy to help.

  2. BeingZhenya says:

    I love your refashions 🙂 xo

  3. Heather says:

    I love this idea! You have inspired me to shop thrift stores in a whole new way!

  4. catkay1984 says:

    Awesome idea!

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  5. Holy Cow! Just when I think you can’t do anything MORE amazing, YOU DO!! Next thing you know, I will see a beautiful skirt made out of a paper sack and newspaper! 🙂

  6. momoftwosalums says:

    Did you add elastic? Or just sew?

  7. How cute is this?!! What a transformation 🙂

  8. ooobop! says:

    As per usual a fabulous refashion. And one that I would seriously like to have a go at. We have been experiencing 30 degrees plus in London, these last few days… strange I know! And no skirt I own is thin enough to keep me cool enough. This would be perfectly light to wear and seemingly quick to make too! Mr Ooobop! better lock up his fancy shirts! x

  9. Hi there (Aloha)! I’m from Hawaii, and loved this refashion!! I’ll have to hit up my local thrift store too – well, we me and my daughter hit the yard sales a lot, but there are TONS of aloha shirts always for sale. I always think, I could possibly make something interesting with that but this is so easy! Thank you for sharing =)

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  11. Laura Lucci says:

    That turned out great. I want to try it. Do you just use another skirt for a guide on size and shape?

  12. Laura Lucci says:

    I did it! Thanks again for the inspiration.

  13. Laura says:

    Great! I was having a similar thought… found a beautiful aloha shirt at Goodwill but after I got it home realized it is too big. Thanks for your tips!

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