Evolution of the T-Shirt into T-Skirt

It’s no secret I love buying new fabric as much as I love making things. However, I’m about to present you with a project that is free from buying new fabric, is easy and is eco-friendly.

It all started in 2016 when Ms. Glenda Miles owner of Creative Communion in Pendleton Art Center asked if I would teach the t-skirt class at her studio.  I jumped at the chance to learn and share with my sewing community.

The designs have evolved, it has been almost 1 year since I fashioned my first t-skirt.  I have taught over a dozen beginners how to make this easy skirt.

 

I believe it takes 3 times to understand how a project works, how long it takes and to get comfortable teaching it to others. Glenda let me practice on her favorite t-shirts for a second skirt.

After the first class is was apparent that the shirts emblems dictated the placement of each panel and if the shirts were small they would make a short skirt.

By the second class we figured it all out. Sewing 2 shirts together forms longer panels. This solved the problem of having a big emblem in an inappropriate area and the length issue at the same time.

The second class was a breeze and everyone was happy with their creations!

Once class pictures came out I began getting custom requests for t skirts. My imagination of possibilities went wild with designs.

This is one I made for my fellow Arts Council Volunteer Sue.

Once you get the concept of the construction the possibilities are limitless. You will be happy to know making a t-skirt out of your old t-shirts is easy.

You cut strips or panels out of the shirts until they are large enough to fit around your waist and then simply add a waist band that is -1″-2″ smaller than your waist measurement. Example, 36″ waist with 6 panels, 6 divided into 36″ equals 6, your 6 panels will need to be at least 6″wide at the top. I used my serger so I added no seam allowance. With a 36″ waist band you will cut a 34″ band. Having the band tighter hold the skirt up.

Need more help to be successful, I’m offering a class at Rosewood the week before Thanksgiving.

You must register by calling Rosewood at 937-296-0294 with the info below. Make sure to ask for a supplies list. (they have machines)

436343-A T-Skirt 11/20/17– 11/20/17 6:00Pm– 9:00Pm Rosewood Arts Centre $35/$40 16 years and Up

Behind the scenes~

This week I’ve recreated another historical garment for Dayton History. I hope to share it with you as soon as I have the buttons added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My open house was a blast. Thank you for coming to my Rosewood Studio.

Last Spring I donated a sewing party package to PBS for their membership drive and I was so happy when the PBS volunteers won the bid on my party.

Thank you for reading!

Dream it, Sew it!

 

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Tracy McElfresh

Tracy McElfresh

Tracy McElfresh is the owner of Tracy’s Sewing Studio LLC.
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