Sunday, August 4, 2013

T-Shirt into Stretchy Comfy Bodycon Skirt

Hi :)

I know the title was a bit long but this skirt is oh. so. comfy.

It was in my closet all this time and I didn't even know it. Well, mostly because it was disguised in the form of a tee that I rarely wore! I kept it because of the classic black and white stripes and I'm SO GLAD I did!

It's obvious why I need this type of skirt  - my growing belly! (YES, we are EXPECTING!!!! :) but you need this skirt too. It is the perfect go-to skirt when you want comfort yet its 100 degrees outside.
All you need is:

A stretchy tee
Elastic for the waist
Sewing machine and pins

This is my teeshirt before:

One major plus about my tee is the elastic gathering on the side. It was automatically "fitted".

1. First, try on the shirt through the neckline hole and find out where you want to cut it (how short you want it) If your neckline is too small or not stretchy to try it on, I recommend cutting off the neck line (at the top of sleeves) to be able to try it on and find a good length for you. 

 2. Turn shirt inside out. Use a straight edge to draw and pin a line to completely close the armhole openings. Sew down that line, reinforce with zigzag and cut off excess (or serge off). 

Tip: Sew a little lower than the armhole. You don't want to create a puck in your skirt!

3. Cut off the top (neckline) at the length you want.

4. Fold over top, pin and sew. Leave an opening for the elastic. Measure your elastic around your waist at the tightness you want it. Pull the elastic through the opening you left in the skirt waist (I like to do this with a safety pin) and sew the ends of elastic closed. Than hand sew the opening you left. 

You're done! 

Like I mentioned, my shirt was ruched on the sides so it was fitted and I didnt need to alter anything. If you have a plain teeshirt, you might have to "pencil-fy" your skirt. You can do this by tracing a fitted skirt you already own or trying it on and making alterations.

Just for fun I wanted to share a picture of my neice. She not only looked 100% like a mini me but my sister had just made her a skirt from, guess what? A TEESHIRT! Haha I guess great minds do think a like ;)

 I didn't notice her skirt was curled up on the bottom until later. Oh well.

HOW CUTE IS SHE?!?! It just blows my mind how similar our outfits turned out to be! (I wore my outfit on Saturday and my neice was dressed like this for church on Sunday) 

Fashion Face-off! (I think she won this face-off with her adorable sock bun! What do you guys think?)

I hope you think twice before you trash a tee-shirt next time (especially with a cool print!) and try this! Let me know if you have any questions! I feel like this tutorial wasn't as straight forward as I usually make them but I will try to do better next time.

:) Hope you start the next week with a happy heart and a smile! Thank you for reading!

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