Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sew Chic Upcycling Guest Post from Sugar Bees Crafts

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Thrift it, Repurpose It, Remake it
and Wear it!


I'm so excited about our next guest poster for our upcycling event! This is Mandy, from Sugar Bee Crafts! She amazes me with her creativity, awesome photography and craftiness. If I could only borrow her crafty brain for a few minutes one day I think I could learn a lot. Well she's here to teach you something, too!

Also, check out another Sew Chic Upcycling creation on my co-host's blog:  Sarah from This Crazy, Blessed Life.

Take it away, Mandy!

Hi everyone!! So excited to be here for Sew Chic Upcycling Week!! I'm Mandy, from over at Sugar Bee Crafts:

 

Here's the whole gang on our recent vacation:
I enjoy all things crafty and have lots of DIY and tutorials on my blog.  I even have a link party on Tuesdays so I can see your craftiness - then I show off a bunch of you on Wednesdays.  You might know me from a few of my fabulously popular posts (click picture to check them out!):


You can see more projects in my new Tutorials Page, so check that out as well.

I'm all about being thrifty and upcycling, so I'm excited about this series.  I debated on what to make but finally settled on a skirt.  All summer I've been trying to wear skirts casually instead of shorts - they look nice, and they're super comfy.  And you don't get more comfy than this - a tshirt skirt!  Let's get started:

First, get a few tshirts.  Then cut them into strips - mine were 6 inches wide, but you can do whatever you want.  I used 5.


 Then I cut the side seams in the strips and sewed them all together in two different panels.  


You could try sewing without cutting the side seams (I did it with these dresses I made for girls) but then with different size shirt you get a bit of a gather, etc - it just depends on what you're going for - - here is the dress example:

 Anyways, back on track - - I sewed 2 different panels.  Then I put them on top of each other and cut some "shape" into the skirt - slightly slimmer at the waist and fuller at the hip.

 Then sew the side seams.  Be sure to pay attention to how your stripes are lining up - I think mine matched up pretty good:

Finally you need to make a waistband.  I had originally wanted to make a fold-over waistband (like I show with my knit skirt tutorial here) but then the skirt ended up being too long, so I ended up making a casing (a tube with elastic through it) - see:

That's it!  Seriously, super easy - and so thrifty!!  
Wear it like you own the look!!  
Hope to see you over at Sugar Bee Crafts!  Oh, see that tshirt necklace I'm wearing - tutorial on that coming up on my blog later this week..... 



Thanks, Mandy! I need to go find some t-shirts in my closet, because this looks super comfy!!


Also, check out another Sew Chic Upcycling creation on my co-host's blog:  Sarah from This Crazy, Blessed Life

Now it's YOUR TURN!
Link up YOUR original upcycled creations for a chance to WIN PRIZES!
1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced August 12th.

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3 comments:

Sarah @ This Crazy Blessed Life said...

What an adorable project! I love the color choices! I'm so doing one of those dresses for my girl this fall. It would look so cute layered over a long sleeve top!

Laura said...

I LOVE this skirt!! And the necklace! :) Wow...what a creative design. So thrifty! Thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

I just cleaned out my closet and I have an abundance of plain colored tshirts. I can't wait to make this! Did you serge the bottom of the skirt or do any sort of finishing or did you just leave the raw edge?