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Topic: Craft your own full and flirty (NO Sew) tee-shirt skirt  (Read 58542 times)
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« on: August 28, 2008 12:41:13 PM »

Back in April FabSugar posted a link to a photo of Drew Barrymore rocking a gorgeously graphic printed skirt by Gucci. Ah! But what inspiration!


I thought it would be fun to show you how you can take an ordinary tee shirt [men's XXL or bigger] and, in 45 minutes or less, take it from the thrift store bargain bin to the virtual catwalk. This is a no-sew project - easy for adults and suitable for children with adult supervision.

Step One: Gather your tools. You will need 1 XXL tee, an iron, measuring tape, straight edge, pencil, scissors.

Step Two: Clean and press your shirt to remove the wrinkles.

Step Three: Measure and mark 16" from the bottom of the hem of the shirt. Use tailor's chalk or a pencil.

Step Four: Draw a line with a straight edge at the 16 inch marks you just made.

Step Five: Cut along the line you just drew using scissors or a rotary tool.

Step Six: Turn the skirt that you just cut from the body or the shirt hem-side up and snip the hem. Be careful not to cut through the stitches. This will for the casing for your drawstring.

Step Seven: Create the drawstring. Measure, mark and cut a 1 inch strip from the remainder of the tee shirt.

Step Eight: Snip the 1 inch tube. Stretch it and knot it at the ends. Thread the drawstring into the casing.

Step Nine: Cinch it good. Pull on your skirt and cinch it tight on your waist.

Step Ten: Have fun painting and embellishing your skirt as you wish.

There are a lot of great tutorials for embellishing fabric and clothing.  Check out:
The Transformer Jeans Skirt
Image Transfer Techniques

My idea for the design, as shown in this tutorial, was originally inspired by CasaSugar and her MidDay Muse.

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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2008 03:34:53 PM »

Very nice and so simple too!!!  Both of those skirts are fab, did you use a stencil? they look very professional.

« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2008 08:06:19 PM »

Thanks for the tutorial!

I just made this one and I guess I'll tye dye it or something
Any ideas?  Undecided

I tye dyed when I evacuated for Hurricane Gustav last week and this is what I came up with....

Oh, and I noticed my hand did an amazing disappearing trick in my previous picture. O.o
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2008 10:04:44 PM »

What a great tut.  The graphics are awesome.

And I think Tie-dye would be a super cute way to decorate it.

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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2008 10:11:14 PM »

Your tutorial is truly amazing! I will definitely be trying this project sometime in the near future.

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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2008 11:56:33 PM »

I love it! And your illustrations are great for visual learners like myself. I know what I'll be working on tomorrow... Wink
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2008 12:33:08 AM »

this is a gret tute ! thatks for posting it ..

« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2008 02:39:16 AM »

Very nice and so simple too!!!  Both of those skirts are fab, did you use a stencil? they look very professional.

Hi oohmybees! Thanks so much for the nice comments. Both skirts are hand painted - no stencils. The black one was painted with acrylic fabric paint. For the gray one I used permanent, PrismaColor markers and fabric paint.
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2008 02:47:04 AM »

Thanks for the tute!
I just made this one and I guess I'll tye dye it or something
Any ideas?  Undecided

That looks so cute MaryAbbie!  Thanks. I so love that you used a light color shirt. I think tie dye would be cute but a dip dye would be even cuter. I don't know what your into so I don't know what kind of graphics would work for you but I'd do something around the hem and extend the design up one side, kind of wrapping it around the seam to the back.
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« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2008 03:02:58 AM »

Thanks so much everybody! I know that this project is super simple for this site but I wanted to get my feet wet first.

I'm so glad that you're liking the tute. I actually created it at the request of a friend who has a 7 yr old daughter. They were able to do it together and her daughter was really excited about it.
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