Instead today I will share my recent endeavor at upcycling. Last fall I had a stack of t-shirts that didn't meet quality control. I re-ordered and reprinted them. But I couldn't bear to make them into rags. Our local school gathers items for shoe box donations each fall. So I put on my thinking cap to come up with a process to upcycle the discarded T- shirts to skirts for young girls. I wanted to make a fun donation to the project.
The first step was to mark a straight line close to the logo printed on the t-shirt that I wanted to exclude from the skirt. I felt a bar and grill logo just didn't seem appropriate to decorate a young girl's skirt. After marking it I cut on the line with my sewing shears, cutting both the front and the back at the same time. If you have a rotary cutter, board and ruler it can be used to save a step.
Continue by opening up the shoulder seams and then cut the ribbing around the neckline off the t-shirt. Set the items aside for another project.
I turned the back of the t-shirt with wrong side down and marked two 2" strips the full width of the back. I again cut the strips with my sewing shears.
The next step was completed at my sewing machine. I stitched the two pieces of the waistband to form a circle. I took the circle to my serger, that I had threaded with a stretch wool decorative thread. The tension was set loosely so the thread was visible.
I pinned the right side of the waistband, the unfinished side to the wrong side of the skirt top. I stitched it using a slight zig zag to give the seam some stretchability.
I repeated the process used on the waistband and serged with decorative thread at the bottom of the T-shirt, factory hem left in place. This is now the skirt's hem. To make the skirt a bit more fun, I found scraps of lace or eyelet and added to the hem.
The last step was cutting a length of waistband elastic 3 inches shorter than the waist measurement. I stitched the elastic into a circle, sewing it several times to insure stability. I placed the elastic on the right side of the skirt and folded the waistband to the right side, encasing the elastic. I used a slight zig zag stitch as I stretched the elastic to fit the skirt as I stitched.
Pictured are two of the eleven completed skirts. I like the ruffles added on the hemline best and will add lace to the skirt with only decorative stitching.
Next up, matching t-shirts using scraps gleaned from the cast offs and parts of a white t-shirt that also failed my quality control inspection. I enjoyed making a silk purse out of a sow's ear.