Easy Peasy Rainbow Skirt

>> Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Alan lost a bunch of weight this year - which means I got a huge stack of too-big clothes to play with. Jo's response when she saw the pile? "Will you make me some clothes from those? I love it when you make things for me out of Daddy's old clothes!" I love it that that's still her attitude - I know at some point she probably won't want to wear things made from her dad's cast-offs. But for now? She got this skirt made from one of his T-shirts. She really does love these super-comfy skirts - though she likes them to be jazzed up a bit. For this one I stitched a rainbow of backstitches around the hem.
For the bottom two rows I stitched right in the stitch lines for the existing T-shirt hem. That dictated the spacing for the rest of the rows - which I eyeballed.

At some point I'll write up a tutorial for this kind of skirt. For you adventurous types who want to try it right away - cut the T-shirt straight across at the armpits. Turn the cut edge down to form a casing for elastic and stitch it in place. Thread some elastic in, close the casing and you're ready to fancy it up. Easy peasy.

5 comments:

tanita davis December 30, 2010 at 5:10 PM  

Okay, a.) Yay, Alan. ::ENVIOUS!::
b.) WOW. How cool. I have seen a pattern to make a dress from a vintage pillow slip for a very slender wee girl, but I hadn't thought to t-shirts! What a great idea! And the embellishment is fun - I can imagine all sorts of fun stuff to use, from buttons to rickrack to iron-on transfers. T-shirts are great!

D,  March 19, 2011 at 3:57 AM  

I think people are too squeamish about refashioning cast off clothing for their kids. I know when I was little (even old as 10 or so) I likes getting to wear my parents old clothes. More comfy, plus it feels special having them give you something they liked.

dana March 23, 2011 at 9:25 PM  

oh that's too funny! See, the same ideas float around in all of our minds. love it!

L.A.C.E. March 23, 2011 at 9:35 PM  

That is such a neat idea. Some people are so smart!!. I found you through Made. Going to be a new follower.

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