the t-shirt skirt
I think I've come up with something pretty fun---its economical, cute and easy.
For this tutorial you will need a large men's t-shirt. Raid your husbands closet, ask a boyfriend, or go to find one....but don't go buy a NEW shirt for this, because half the fun is knowing you are using something that you already have or have gotten for cheap and making it fun again.
Step One: Find a Men's T-shirt
Step Two: Cut off the bottom hem (cut just above the stitched hem).
Step Three: Cut 3, four inch strips off of the T-shirt (cut through both the front and the back of the T-shirt).
Step Four: Square up the T-shirt part that you have left, by cutting off the sleeves. Then cut a 7 inch strip of fabric.
Step Five: Cut the 7 inch piece into two pieces (just cutting along the t-shirt seam line)
Finish by cutting off any of the sleeve if you left any of it attached (like I did above. I was nervous about the length at first and left it on :) )
Step Seven: With each of these long 4 inch wide strips take and sew along one of the long edges using the edge of your presser foot (makes the fabric more sturdy and less likely to fray or have other issues) using a 2.5 seam width.
Step Eight: Along the other long edge (opposite for the edge you just sewed) make a seam using a 6.0 seam width (this will be used to gather your ruffles...so leave plenty of thread on both ends and DON'T back stitch).
Step Nine: Pull on one end of your 6.0 seam width stitch thread to gather the material or create the ruffle effect.
Step Ten: Repeat Step Nine on the other two 4 inch strips
Step Eleven: Take your two 7 inch wide strips and sew them together along the 7 inch width side.
Step Twelve: Take the top long edge of your 7 inch wide strip and roll the top edge over about one inch to create a casing for your tie to be strung through.
Step Thirteen: Sew your ruffles onto your 7 inch width strip. Start the bottom ruffle about and inch from the bottom of the 7 inch width strip and about a quarter of an inch from the edge (seam allowance for later). Start the middle ruffle up about 1.5-2 inches up from the last ruffle (leaving the quarter of an inch seam allowance on both edges) and then the top ruffle about 1.5-2 inches from the middle ruffle (leaving the quarter of an inch seam allowance on both edges.
Step Fourteen: Once you have all three ruffles sewn on fold your skirt in half length wise, right sides together, and sew this edge together...without catching the loose ends of your ruffles. And leaving the top one inch casing open...this is where your drawstring with thread through later so begin your seam just below this.
Step Fifteen: Turn the skirt right side out and sew the loose ends of the ruffles that match up to each other. So they aren't all flopsie-mopsie and raw edged, but rather create a look of just three big ruffles that wrap completely around the skirt.
Step Sixteen: Take the bottom hem of the skirt that you cut off at the beginning of the tutorial and thread that through the top 1 inch casing (you created earlier) to create a drawstring.
And just like that you have a cute skirt made out of an old t-shirt that was just waiting for a make-over. :)