Friday, 3 August 2012

T-Shirt Recon

When you get to a certain age, you tend to stick with what works for you.  For example, if a certain style of shirt looks good on you, then you would probably buy the same style shirts in different colours.
Then there's the extreme (this happens when you get a bit older), you found a style that brings out what's left of your best, and then you buy two or three of it, just in case one got into an "accident" (i.e. your child decides to do arts and crafts, on you), IN THE SAME COLOUR!  Lol.
Sadly I've fallen into the latter category.  Especially if thrown into a SALE situation.  Lets move on.....

What you'll need:  
-T-Shirt (preferably you have an extra copy of it, just in case you mucked it up)

-Flowy fabrics that is long enough to go around your hips 4 times (because the tighter the gather, the prettier it'll look)

-If your fabric is see through under the sunlight like mine, you'll also need an inner skirt.  Here I use an inner skirt from an old tired skirt and I simple measure the length that I need and leave the seam, voila, half done already)

- unpick the T-Shirt's seams and tidy up the bits that are not straight

-  cut your fabric that is meant to be for the skirt into whatever length you desire (extra short or long it's up to you)
- if your fabric is see through when you hold it against the light, then you better sew in some linings, this lining does not have to be gathered and nice to have a stretchy lining so it won't limit your movement.  Just measure the lining up against the T-Shirt's circumference and the length of the lining against the length of the flowy fabric.
Sorry for the lack of pictures, I was too eager that I rushed to finish everything and forgetting the step by step pictures.
- If you're like me and like to use up old tired clothes from your past life (typo:  season), then get a lining from an old skirt and just measure up from the seam.  Mark the length and cut.

- Leave the lining's seams (lazy person's advice)

- Do a loose stitch on the fabric you want to gather, then pull the thread underneath so the fabric gathers
- Stack the gathered fabric, the lining and the T-Shirt (wrong side up), pin them and sew.  Serge to finish.  (This step was excruciating for me since my fabric was very slippery and I had to use a tweezer to help me since ironing it didn't help either.  Moral of the story: avoid satin unless you're on a holiday).
- If you're like me, I tend to just finish the edges of skirt with serger.  Yes, another lazy advice.
- Voila!

Now, who said I was getting old because I buy duplicate of things?  I have a T-Shirt and T-Shirt with a little skirt attached to it :)

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