Week 3 ~ Project Recycle...
I began with this pile of old t-shirts, but ended up not using the yellow t-shirt. All three garments I used had been women's t-shirts.
First up was to alter the neck line to suit a little girl.
Secondly, the t-shirt needed to be recut to a much smaller size. I used a child's t-shirt as a guide.
- Cut off the sleeves.
- Cut new armholes.
- Take width from the sides.
- Shorten the sleeves.
- Reattach the new sleeves.
- Finish the bottom of the sleeve with a band.
I used this pattern as a size guide for cutting the strips for the skirt. I tried attaching a strip at the bottom, as in the pattern, but it didn't work. I used yellow for the strip and as the colours didn't work together, I unpicked the bottom strip. Unpicking a thread on stretch fabric is not fun! As I didn't have any t-shirts in a suitable colour, I decided to make the outfit without the strip at the bottom, making it a top rather than a dress.
Gathering and attaching the skirt, should have been a quick process, but in reality it wasn't. The floral t-shirt and the green t-shirt were made from different types of stretch fabric. I think you would call the floral one a jersey. The green fabric was much thicker. Getting the gathers even was not easy, however, in the end it all turned out fine.
- Join the eight strips to form the skirt.
- Gather the top of the skirt.
- Attach to the black t-shirt.
And to finish off, I used a black tie that was originally on the floral t-shirt. I used this tutorial to make the fabric flower. Originally, I wasn't happy with the flower, as it turned out much larger and bulkier than the original, because I had made it from t-shirting, rather than a cotton fabric. However, when I added the extra green circle, plus the large button, it worked well and I think suits the style of top.
- Make a fabric flower.
- Sew it to the black tie.
- Make tabs to hold the belt.
There you have it, three old t-shirts turned into a little girl's top, ready to be worn with a pair of black leggings. Funnily enough, it also looks good with a pair of blue denim jeans worn underneath.
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