Thursday, May 20, 2010
Skirt Inspiration & Tutorials - Upcycled and Reconstructed
First things first--I made a badge! All good blog challenges have a badge, so here's mine. I've put it over in the sidebar with the code, so if you are participating, please grab one and put it on your blog!
Today's skirt tutorials are all upcycled, repurposed and reconstructed projects. There are some creative folks out there who save crap from the landfill and make beautiful, wearable objects! Onward!
Two-Color A-Line Tee Skirt by Lee Meredith on CraftStylish
I love skirts made from t-shirt material. There is really nothing more comfy, and yet you look totally dressed up! This skirt is easy and it has so many possibilities. I love the bright color in this one, too. It makes me think of the circus. Fun, fun!
Button-Front Mini by Melissa Coker for Wren on ReadyMade
There are a lot of skirt-from-man's-shirt tutorials out there, and this is the one that I liked the best. Often skirts from men's shirts just kind of *look* like skirts from men's shirts, you know? This one had a more tailored look than most of the ones I saw.
The Tablecloth Skirt by V and Co.
This is a really clear, well done tutorial on how to make a tablecloth into a skirt. I love this idea because tablecloths often have a nice edging pattern instead of the all-over pattern that you usually get from fabric that you buy off of the bolt. See another one that she made using this technique here.
T-shirt Skirt by jubilee on Instructables
Another t-shirt skirt, but this one doesn't look like a t-shirt skirt. I believe that she's combine a t-shirt with either a tablecloth or a curtain to make this one. T t-shirt waistband makes this a good maternity skirt, too.
Pillowcase Skirt by Cassi Griffin at Bella Dia
This one looks like it would take all of ten minutes to make, and what a pretty skirt to end up with! Like the tablecloth skirt, you can find pillowcases with pretty edging that you can't find on bold fabric. A couple of things I might add to the tutorial would be: for a thinner pillowcase it might require a lining--maybe a white pillowcase would be easy to sew into there. And for a longer skirt like this, I might put a little slit up the back so you could take a longer stride..
Today's Sweet Hot Tips:
How to Upcycle a skirt with Ruffles on Craftzine
This is a nice tutorial on adding a ruffle to a skirt. I've been thinking about buying a ruffle foot for my machine, but this technique looks pretty simple to do without one.
How to get Started on Flickr on Meylah
If the reason you haven't signed up for the challenge by joining my Flickr group is because you don't have a Flickr account, this is a quick tutorial on how to get started on Flickr. It's free and easy to sign up, and they don't send you junk e-mails or sell your name, or anything.
Tomorrow is my final installment of tutes and inspiration! And since it's getting down to crunch time, I'll feature the easiest styles of skirts: alines and wraps.