I had leftover material from my 5K Shrug from a few weeks ago that I was going to throw away if I could not make something useful from it. I figured it might make a cute skirt that I could use as a bathing suit cover-up or hanging around the house skirt.
|Leftover 5K Shrug Material (T-shirt Bottom)|
Here is what I had to work with. It's not much, that's why I think it would be a good pool skirt. I evened off the top raw edge with my rotary cutter.
|Nice and Even|
I always have elastic lengths in my sewing kit, so I measured some out and use the width of it to determine how thick my elastic casing needs to be.
|Casing for the Elastic|
I measured an inch and did not bother to iron the fold nor did I do a double-fold. It's a hanging-around skirt, so I'm not too concerned with being exact and perfect. I marked an area with purple chalk on the casing, to leave open so I can feed the elastic through. You can't see the chalk markings, but they are between the cutting ruler and my second ruler on the right.
|Feeding the Elastic Through|
I have a handy-dandy threader that I use in cases such as this, but if you do not have one, then a large safety pin works well too.
Once the elastic was in, I sewed the elastic ends to each other and then sewed the casing closed. I made sure the elastic was flat and not twisted. Then I fixed the runching so it was evenly distributed around the waist. I sewed a tacking stitch or two on each side to anchor the elastic to the casing so it will not twist when I wash and wear it.
The skirt is very plain, but functional. I would wear it with my tank top or shirt over the waistband. Otherwise, it came out fine. I'll have to bedazzle it or something (later, though)!
I have a second t-shirt that I wanted to chop up. This one is an XL t-shirt that our bowling friend gave me. He always gets promo stuff because he works for a liquor distributor company. The t-shirt has the Malibu Black logo on it. I love the original coconut-flavored Malibu rum, but I have not tried the Black yet.
|This Will Make a Good Skirt|
I cut the top part off, right below the armpits. This t-shirt was really big, so I had to cut some width off too, or this would have looked like a sack on me.
|Sewed Along the White Chalk Line|
I did not want to have an elastic on this one though. I decided to cut two strips from the leftover fabric and make this a side-tie skirt.
I sewed these strips horizontally along the side of the top raw edge of the skirt.
|Sewed Only the One End Down|
I tried it on and tied it. Not too bad...I like it!
|Side Tie Action|
Here it is again:
|Another Pool Skirt|
This one is a bit more form-fitting, but I still like it. I've lost a few pounds so I'm feeling pretty confident.
Watch out pool...here I come! (Saturday was really warm, like 80's, but today its back down to the high 50's...brrr!). I will put these two away until the end of April. It's never too early to prepare for warm weather!