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Thursday, August 22, 2013
What You Can Do With Old T-Shirts Besides Wash The Car
I finished my other project tonight. Skirts made from pieced t-shirts have been all over the Internet lately and on my bucket list of things to try. My version I made from three XL men's t-shirts from the 75% off rack at the VOA. That made the total fabric cost about $5. I used an old four-gore skirt pattern I had laying around. The pattern was too small (there are adult women with 24" waists??) so getting the fit right was a little tricky. The pattern was not for stretch fabric so I knew it would "grow" a bit as I sewed it together but didn't know how much. In the end I added a little piece of elastic at the top, just to make sure it wouldn't fall off if I got all rowdy and started leaping around. Ya, right.
This was my inspiration skirt. I bought it at the Cracked Pots show I went to back in July. It was made by Carrena Lukas of Skrappyjoy. It is so comfortable and I love the way she did the angles. Something to aspire to! She also used a serger so the seams are finished much more nicely than mine. I just set my old workhorse on a narrow zigzag stitch. It was really easy so I see more of these in my future and will absolutely be checking out those clearance racks for interesting graphics. If you decide to give it a try, get the biggest shirts you can.
In the meantime, back to photographing and listing. My workbench is covered again after that mega-pick last weekend!