Sunday, October 12, 2008

3 Tees = 1 Skirt

About a month ago, Becca of Swamp Yankees from Outer Space made a skirt out of t-shirts that really caught my eye. On my next visit to the thrift shop, I picked up a couple of 49 cent tees to supplement a few I already had in my refashion basket.



To start, I just followed Becca's directions! I measured out a pattern to make a six section skirt and cut two pieces from each of three tees.



Next I tried some different combinations, to see how it looked best. I ended up switching the pieces around a few times. Once I found an order I liked, I just sewed all six sections together.


The waistband is where I deviated a little from Becca's directions. I'm not a big fan of drawstrings, except for on pajamas and that kind of thing, because I don't like having that lump under my shirt. Instead, I just sewed the waistband on without making a channel or anything.

At this point, I tried on the skirt, and it didn't seem like it really needed any sort of drawstring or elastic. I did, however, want to add some more body to the waistband, so I added a facing, which I then folded over to the inside and tacked at the seams.


And that's it! Because you line up the skirt sections with the t-shirt hems, there is no hemming necessary! So, what do you think--Can I get away with wearing this to work at the library?



I can't get over how smoothly this went. My seam ripper was at the ready, but I didn't use it once! I think next time I'd like to make one with a theme...like use all Penn State shirts or all bar mitzvah shirts. Got any good ideas?

15 comments:

Vicki W said...

Ok, when I started reading this post I was certain that you were going to produce one of the ugliest skirts ever. I was WRONG - it is adorable. Who knew!

Becca said...

Awesome! I love your blog and I'm very excited you liked my pattern! I am growing more and more attached to my skirt, I even wear it to hike it's so comfy. As always I look forward to seeing more awesome skirts from you!

alisa said...

Sooo cute. It's crazy you can do that with t-shirts. I am amazed and really want to try it myself. BTW, I really enjoy your blog and stumbled onto a few months ago quite by accident. Thanks for lots of fun posts.

Penny L. Richards said...

Ooooooh, don't tempt me, I have a lot of Penn State gear around here....

Seriously, I love this--well done.

Jesica said...

oh I REALLY like that.

I'm gonna have to start saving my hubby's old tees.

... hmm ... and learn to sew, I guess.

Swansong said...

I too was afraid of what the outsome was going ot be. It looks great though and you absolutely could wear that to work. :)

janey said...

Like Vicki, I totally didn't think this would work but it looks fab, you have a good eye for stuff. Are the t-shirts quite thick ones, maybe even sweatshirt weight? I'd like to have a go but think it may not look so good on someone (me ) who is a little broader across the beam than you!

Seriously though you must have the most and the fabbest skirts in the northern hemisphere!!

lindac said...

I was wondering if you lined it - doesn't it have the clings? I Love the look of it. Yes, you could wear it to work.

Linda

sam said...

that skirt rocks!!!

very much enjoy your blog - thanks!

Ellsea said...

That is a gorgeous skirt . . . I'm definitely going to have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing . . .

Pra said...

am new to your blog!
Liked the way you have been refashioning!

Liza said...

Oh that's ADORABLE! I love, love love the camera bit.

Definitely work-wearable.

I actually just blogged about some skirts that I made with similar waistbands, although I haven't taken decent photos yet.

that post will be up on wardrobe refashion in 3... 2... 1... if you're interested :)

nice work!

Tatyana said...

I came across your blog by chance and been enjoing it since. Love your ideas and energy! Great work on skirt/tees!

verobirdie said...

I too was sure the output won't be good. But I was wrong, it is very nice! I've some Tshirts that could get a new life...

r4i kaart said...

that's pretty cool. I am very impressed with your creativity. I will tell my gf to do this kinda thing...thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.