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« on: April 21, 2008 04:49:03 PM »



I made this skirt out a a stack of too small teeshirts from last summer.  It's for my hippie friend who lives in Boulder, CO.  I know I was inspired by a few users- one made a skirt out of shirts and one made a twirly rainbow skirt for her daughter.  Too bad I didn't have a pink shirt!


The ribbon is variegated on both sides- I love it.

To make:

For the first part (orange) take a teeshirt, cut it into a square (under the pits)

and either hem the cut side or use the hem of the shirt, if the hem is big enough for your drawstring/elastic combo. 
Jab a hole in the hem (either the one you made or the shirt's) and loop your ribbon into a bobby pin and pull it through the casing made by the hem.

To make the tiers, take your shirts, and cut off the top part with the sleeves, leaving a big square.  (See first diagram) 
Then fold it from top to bottom and cut this in half, so you have two rings. 

Then cut down one side seam for each ring, opening up to two big rectangles.  

Now sew these two big rectangles together to form one big ring.

Make the first tier smaller and the last bigger, like this:


The orange one is not cut at the side seams.

Sew each piece together form one big ring- you'll have 4 seams total per tier.  Then, sew together, stretching to fit as you go. You don't need much gathering and I only used gathering stitches for the last tier.

For the casing, use a ribbon cut into half and sewn to a good piece of elastic, nearly but not quiet enough to go around your hips. The ribbon alone can't hold up a heavy skirt like this.  This is what the ribbon looks like:


Then just insert it like a drawstring (loop the ribbon into a bobby pin, cut a tiny hole in the top casing, and thread through.)  The elastic should not show.

Hopefully she'll like it! Grin
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2008 04:56:27 PM »

It's so pretty! The colours remind me of sweet tarts candy Smiley  Great way to use up those tees
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2008 05:23:39 PM »

Very pretty.  Thanks for the tutorial.
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2008 05:26:51 PM »

I'm TOTALLY making one of those now!
I'm such a copy-cat.
Awesome, though.
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2008 05:45:34 PM »

im a little confused...how do you have 4 seams per tier...wouldnt it be 2?
then again when im spoken to i need people to talk very slowly and use small words Smiley
i want to make one but im a little confused thats all...oh and im not supposed to cut the side seams on the first tier...cause its the waistband right?
thanks
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2008 05:57:20 PM »

im a little confused...how do you have 4 seams per tier...wouldnt it be 2?
then again when im spoken to i need people to talk very slowly and use small words Smiley
i want to make one but im a little confused thats all...oh and im not supposed to cut the side seams on the first tier...cause its the waistband right?
thanks

No it's okay, I probably am not clear enough at all!  I am going to edit this a bit.

There are 4 seams since you are taking two rings and cutting them apart to make one ring.  Okay, so you have your big square from the tee shirt. Fold it over (top to bottom) and cut it in half.  You now have two rings.  Cut each ring apart, down one of the side seams so it's one long rectangle, then sew all of these strips together to sew one big ring.  You will see one of the shirt's side seams for each half, and two side seams for each seam you actually sew up. 

If this does not make sense I can make a crappy MSPaint tutorial photo for you.  Smiley  In fact I might do that.

By first tier I meant the yellow. Okay, to make the first part of the skirt (waist...tier? I dunno, we'll just call it the orange part) just take your tshirt, cut off the arms and stuff so you have a square.  Now fold it over to make a waistband for the elastic/ribbon (or, just cut a small hole in the bottom hem if it's big enough, and run your ribbon thru it) and sew that to the first tier.

dance dance, I totally copied too!  Post when you're done with yours!
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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2008 06:10:36 PM »

Smiley thanks.
and you could make a picture in paint if you'd like..id totally  look at it.
i think i understand now.
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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2008 08:20:20 PM »

Okay, there we go!  I think I will draw another one for the top part of the skirt too.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2008 12:01:34 AM »

Love the shirt, love the colours and thanks for the tute!
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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2008 12:04:56 AM »

Wow, that is one pretty skirt!
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