Friday, June 7, 2013
Red & Black Day 6: Tee Skirts
Most of us have a band tee or 10, and often they're not very figure flattering. You can take in the waist, cut off the neckband, and so forth to make a better fitting shirt. Another option is to turn the tee shirt into a tee skirt.
Before you begin, be sure you know your hip measurement. The waistband of the skirt will need to be large enough to fit over your hips.
Grab your tee shirt. For the first example, I had a VNV Nation tee.
I also had a striped tee.
Cut off the neckband and sleeves, leaving as much of the body of the tee as possible. Cut up the sides to separate front from back.
Now you will cut the tee(s) and other fabric (if applicable) into the skirt pieces. The number and shape of the pieces will depend on the style skirt you're going for. You will likely cut triangular shapes with flat tops and possibly rounded bottoms. Wider triangles and more pieces will create fuller skirts.
Important: The total measurement of all the triangle tops must be at least as large as your hip measurement.
For this example, I made a fairly close-fitting A-line skirt. It's made up of four triangular pieces -- front, back and two sides.
Stitch the pieces together.
Measure around the top of the skirt and make a waistband to that measurement. (See the Turn a Dress into a Skirt post if you need instructions on making a waistband.)
Hem/finish the bottom. In this example, I added black lace.
For the second example, I had an i:Scintilla tee. I planned to make a skirt with this tee, so I bought the largest size (men's XL) to give me plenty of fabric to work with.
Because I had a large tee, I was able to use the bottom half of a dress pattern to cut the fabric. (Tee is folded in half in the picture below.)
I wanted a longer, fuller skirt, so I cut a total of six triangles -- three for the front and three for the back. The middle front and middle back were cut from the front and back of the tee. The other pieces were cut from plain black knit fabric. (Alas, it wasn't quite the same black as the tee. :P )
I sewed on the waistband and added grommet trim.