The “Candy Stripe” Skirt (Part Deux)

The Facts
Fabric: Cotton pillowcase from Goodwill $1
Pattern: None
Notions: Elastic from stash
Time to complete: 2 hours (2 eps of Merlin)
First worn: For pictures
Wear again? Yes!
Total price: $1

I thought about what to do for this challenge longer than I actually worked on it. For a while I thought I would redo the collar challenge. But this week proved busier than expected so something quick and easy was required.

I bought this pillowcase from Goodwill about a month ago, always planning to “Refashion” it into something else. I had been waffling between skirt or top for a while and skirt won out as I’d just recently done a square top. The hips/bum fit just perfectly!

Sadly, the stripes on the side do not match up. Pillowcase manufacturers apparently don’t pay as much attention to detail as we do. I used an encased elastic waist and used that to “hem” the skirt to the right length.

Here’s a close up of the stripes and manufacturer’s tag. I left it in to help me figure out the front/back. The first post I made for Sew Weekly (fave sewn thing from 2011) was called the Candy Stripe skirt and I couldn’t think of anything better for this one. I hope to return to more exciting/involved projects for the final two weeks.



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


  1. I’m a big fan of upcycling. I didn’t know you could do that so easily with a pillowcase. Great job!

  2. Cute! I like the little pop of colour it is adding to your outfit.

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