Monday, September 30, 2013

Blog Renew: 18

I finished the skirt! It was fun to make and I like it.

It's made entirely from recycled t-shirts... I suppose that's obvious.

There are four panels and each has two layers. I cut the front layers shorter than the back layers so there are different colors and prints along the hem.

That tree print is from a t-shirt that I got at the Magritte Museum in Brussels. It's inspired by his painting The 16th of September. I love the image, but the shirt just didn't fit quite right.
I hand sewed the entire skirt. I also chose the turn the seam allowances out for interest and texture. 

For the waist, I folded the top over a strip of elastic and sewed through all the layers using the cretan stitch.
I especially like the weight of the skirt. It lays nicely since it's two layers of knit. Plus, it's super soft. But, it's not perfect. The fit isn't quite right and I almost wish I'd mixed in more prints or patterns. Also, I set aside the tag from the Magritte t-shirt which includes a logo with the artist's signature. I was going to add to one of the side seams as a subtle embellishment, but I forgot.

I was inspired very much by Jupiter Girl's skirts. I'm setting aside more t-shirt for future skirts...

6 comments:

Leslie McNeil said...

nicely done! love it; cool design elements, and it looks very cute on you!!!

Joanne S said...

Who says two layers is enough and you haven't stamped it with texture yet.

there's a painter in my side bar (judy) who made some of these Alabama Something pieces out of tee shirt (knits). She did a stencil and then cut outs of the stencil details with stem or running stitch all around the cut outs. Nice.

Kristin L said...

I love it! If you get tired of yours, maybe we could swap skirts for a while. ;-) Mine's machine stitched though, so it doesn't have the delicacy yours has.

Diane Doran said...

It's really cute! After I saw Kristin's I started googling, and fell in love with those Jupiter girl skirts. I'm going to be trying my hand at a skirt with a little surface design later this week. Thanks for the inspiration!

Karoda said...

digging the idea! and it looks cute on you!

Lisa said...

Nicely done! It looks very good on you!