Black and white stripe upcycle: Shirt into skirt!
Which is why I'm so happy I had time to do this quickie little project over the weekend! It literally took less than an hour. Ready??
It's no secret that I love stripes. You'll notice my "cute clothes" pinboard is full of them, and I've been wearing and refashioning striped tees and sweaters for some time now! But my obsession has been growing stronger recently.
On my last trip to Goodwill Outlet, or "the bins," I bought this sort of hilarious shirt from the Boy Meets World-era, because of its fabulous stripes--for $1.39/lb. Most things are worth $1.39/lb; great price for raw materials, anyway!
I knew I wanted to turn it into something else, but what?! It's a much heavier cotton than tees are made of now, heavier than a basic Hanes tee and 100% cotton. Sturdy enough for quite a few project ideas. Bag? Skirt? Tank? I love me some stripes, in many forms--I went to Pinterest for inspiration.
If I ever feel brave, I could have made some modifications to turn it into a tee like this one:
|Anne M Cramer|
Want to see a tutorial for how I turned this tee into a skirt?
- I removed the pocket and (rustic '90's) button.
- I cut off the sleeves just to the inside of the shoulder seam, to save the maximum amount of usable fabric just in case.
- Then, so I could try it on as a skirt to try it out for length, I cut off the longest possible length it could be, just below one of the stripes below the neck.
- I tried it on. No pics of this. Basically I was wearing a shirt with no arms or shoulder seam! It was an awkwardly long length, so I marked a good place for a scant 1/2" seam below the waistband and cut off some more from the top.
- Then I picked the twill tape off the split at the hem. One of the sides was tearing up the side seam anyway.
- I just sewed the side seam closed on both sides....
- I don't have a serger, but to keep the seam allowance together I zigzagged along the edge.
- I did the same thing at the top, which, after I'd cut it down after trying it on, had a sort of awkward angle. I sewed a straight line from the slimmest part of the skirt up to the top, and then zigzagged along the new edge. Then I cut off the excess seam allowance.
- Next, I marked the center front and back with little triangular notches, and gathered along the top edge...
- And got my elastic waistband ready by sewing it up the center back, right sides together.
- Same as you would any simple elastic-waist gathered skirt, position your gathers pretty evenly around, matching your center front, back and sides.
- Key point: I recommend using a ballpoint needle for sewing on knits or elastic, but the real key here for me is the zigzag stitch. I zigzagged along the whole thing! In black thread, of course. That way, when I stretch the elastic waistband over my hips, the seam can stretch along with it.
And here it is!
I feel so trendy in it! ;) I love when I can mix black and white with tan, since I feel so unnatural in lots of black. I paired it with a fave tomato red tank and a vintage camel belt.
Inspired by the real fashion blogs out there that I admire... had some fun posing!
I wore it an hour or so after I made it to another birthday celebration we did with friends. Mmm, fresh Thai cabbage wraps...
Instant gratification sewing is THE BEST. Less than an hour plus one super cheap shirt = trendy me!