T-shirt skirt

I like to volunteer for a few anime conventions in the Northwest and one of them is Kumoricon- https://www.kumoricon.org/

As a volunteer, you get a special staff shirt that looks different than the shirts that are sold to the attendees. After doing it for multiple years, I end up with too many staff shirts!

So I take my scissors to them! And here’s what I did.

Tee shirt skirt 02I cut the t-shirts up a while ago and I sadly didn’t take ‘before’ pictures. What I did was draft a pattern piece (yay for tracing paper!) that looked like a long trapezoid. I centered it over the design and cut away. I cut out 4 pieces and I made the pattern piece a trapezoid so the skirt would flare out while wearing. I used the hems of the shirts to also be the hem of the skirt and because not all the shirts were the same size, not all the the final pieces were the same length, which is ok because I like uneven hemmed skirts (I love handkerchief hems and hi-lo hems).

Then I stitched the 4 pieces together and added the waistband. I actually grabbed the waistband pattern and elastic instructions from Simplicity 3640.

Simplicity 3640Why reinvent the wheel when I can grab it from a pattern?

The patches were other designs that were on the shirt that I cut out and then hand-stitched to the skirt.

I’m so happy with the results. I can’t wait to wear it at the next Kumoricon!

Tee shirt skirt 03Tee shirt skirt 01

Sewing with knit scraps

The material I love sewing with more than anything else in the world is knit fabric and I love doing t-shirt reconstruction thanks to the book Generation T. Book information and website here-

http://www.generation-t.com/

Before I bought the books, I had (and still have) SO MANY T-SHIRTS and I wanted to do something fun and interesting with them and thus, a new passion was born. Someday, I’ll get around to photographing t-shirt projects I’ve done from the books and some I created on my own but I’ve created a new problem- I end up with TONS of scraps. I’m the kind of crafter that hates waste and if it’s there’s a piece that’s big enough for me to think I can do something with it, I’ll hold on to it. So I love patterns and projects that use pieced together fabric and I had the thought “why don’t I try to make underwear?” They’re made from stretchy knit fabric!

Because Google knows everything, I searched underwear pattern and came upon this tutorial by Novita-

http://verypurpleperson.com/2013/01/tutorial-sewing-panties/

Please check out the rest her blog too!

In the entry, Novita also linked to free panty patterns. This is the one I used-

http://www.makebra.com/free-hipster-pattern/

And here are the results!

Panty 01Panty 02They are hipster panties though in the back view, they look like boy shorts because of the way my dress form is shaped. I used picot edge elastic and when unstretched, I do have some puckering issues, but issues to work out the next time I make them.

I used four separate pieces for the front and back because I didn’t have any pieces that were large enough for the whole back and front section. The pattern pieces were designed to be placed on the fold so they’re halved and so I cut the halves then stitched the fabric together. I also wasn’t sure how( to keep the crotch lining piece from moving around while attaching the elastic to the leg opening so I anchored it down with a few hand stitches.

I’m happy to say, they are very comfortable and while it’s not completed sewing project you can show to just anyone (unless you’re a superhero), it’s a great feeling to make your own clothes.