T-Shirts to Wrap Skirts: Cutting, part 1
Right away, once I got the measurements I want, I realized there was a problem. You see, those two shirts above? Nowhere near enough fabric.
That’s okay, though. I purposely picked the blue shirt because I had two of them, unfortunate prizes from bar trivia. It just meant I’ve have to do a bit more piecing and stitching, and perhaps make the whole thing a touch more patchwork.
So I began.
First, because I am lazy and did not want to unpick the things, I snipped the bottom hems of the t-shirts off (they have since become cat toys). Then I laid the t-shirt flat, and pulled out some chalk and a measuring tape.
If you’ll recall, there were two major measurements needed for this skirt: the height of the skirt, which measured from where the waistband would sit to where the skirt hem would fall; and the width of the skirt, which measured around my hips as far as I wanted the skirt to wrap (including lots of extra overlap). Let’s call the height of the skirt measurement A, and the width of the skirt measurement B.
Using measurement A, I started from the bottom, measured up, and marked a dotted line at that height all the way around the shirt. Then I cut it, forming a tube.
Lather, rinse, repeat until I had three tubes (one from each shirt).
I snipped the tubes open, then took one blue and one purple piece and measured just how long they were. Then I cut chunks out of the third piece to make up the difference between that measurement, and the value of measurement B. Normally I would add a little extra for seam allowance, but as this is a wrap skirt a half an inch more or less doesn’t make a huge difference in fit. Thus I ended up with this pile o’ fabric rectangles:
Which, with some quick seaming to make sure I didn’t forget what went where, gave me these for the body of my wrap skirt:
The hard part now is getting long enough pieces for the waistband/ties from the scraps left of the t-shirts. Too bad I didn’t have three blue shirts.