Monday, April 9, 2012

Kanzashi detailed knit skirt out of an XL t-shirt



Here's my newest creation!



Yes not the best picture, as usual my photographing skills still have a lot to be desired.. 

Okay so the basic idea is, I took an XL sized men's t-shirt and first removed all the seams - sleeves and neck (not the sides - I left it in so I could do less sewing! :D )

Then cut just under the arms like here http://sewlikemymom.com/the-shirt-skirt/
to get the bottom of the skirt.

That way the bottom and sides are already sewn in ;)

But, the top of that skirt is not only unsewn and needs a band, but its too wide. Now I could have just done the gathers thing, but gathers make my tummy look big. So I measured how much my waist should be, and then made a diagonal line till the side. and on that diagonal part, I sewed in the pocket with the sleeves.


Next the chest portion of the T-shirt I had, had a print, so I turned it inside out, cut the width to fit my waist. And then used this method to make the waist band. http://knittybitties.blogspot.in/p/knit-skirt-tutorial.html

So now that the skirt is ready, the leftover bits of material, I turned in to the Kanzashi butterflies.

You can go here for the tutorial on how to make the two kinds of petals (wings) http://xofhope.deviantart.com/art/Kanzashi-the-easy-way-163003066

And then this was my inspirations for the butterflies

Now given that I'm not that skilled, and didn't have enough material, I simplified it. 
I made only one petal for each wing, though different styles - the pointy one for the top and the curved one on the bottom. 

The centre is a trim of fabric to cover the edges, and because I didn't have any beads and wanted something there, I cut up some lace trim into a design that it already had. and stitched it onto it.





The butterflies are currently only pinned onto the skirt, reason being that I have days when I'm a tom-boy and don't like all the frills and fluff and would like to either remove them, lessen them or changed the arrangement. 




As always comments and hopefully positive criticisms are very welcome. Any confusions, please let me know if I can clarify something for you.


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27 comments:

  1. Very pretty skirt. Love the butterflies.

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    1. Thanks so much, glad you liked it :)

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  2. I love those butterflies! Your skirt really turned out great!
    xoxo
    Heather

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    1. Thanks so much, I was hoping for something comfy but managed something that I would be happy to wear out too :)

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  3. This skirt is totally and I want one. I can't believe that skirt used to be a shirt! I'd love for you to come share your post at my link party.
    http://whitelightsonwednesday.blogspot.com/2012/04/wednesday-whatsits-4.html

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    1. Its super easy, just follow the instructions in the links I provided and if you have trouble do let me know. I did it all by hand stitch, because I don't own a machine, so I'm sure anyone with even a lil machining skills could tackle it :)
      Thanks so much for the invite, would love to join the party! :D

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  4. I love it. It is so so cute! I'd love for you to link it up to Crafty Cousins!

    http://crafting-cousins.blogspot.com/2012/04/what-i-wore-sunday-week-11.html

    ~Natalie @ Crafty Cousins

    Holla! We're your newest followers! :)

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    1. Thanks so much for the invite, I'd love to join in, I've been following you for a little while now, love the stuff you have! :D

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  5. What a brilliant job...hand sewn... you are the best! Can't wait to see more post and project from you!

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    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement, especially from someone as talented as you! Love the roses and ladebugs u make, I'm itching to try them out!

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  6. Fabulous refashion!!! The butterflies are AWESOME!!! Thanks for linking up at 'Threading My Way'...

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    1. Totally my pleasure, thanks for having me :)

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  7. That's too cute! Thanks for sharing! -Jessica

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  8. So Cute! Love it. Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Round Up.
    Rose
    @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

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    1. Can't wait to come back when I have something new :)

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  9. Very clever - a great repurpose!
    Thanks for linking up to my party - please come back again soon!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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    1. Would definitely come back as soon as I have something new, Thanks so much for having me :)

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  10. Your skirt is darling! We're so glad that you linked up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back soon. -The Sisters

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    1. Thanks so much for having me, will definitely be back when I have something new :)

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  11. Thank you so much for linking up at Dare to Share. Making a skirt out of a Shirt is such a great idea. I hope you come back this week and link up some more of your fun creations.

    Pam
    http://pamspartyplanning.blogspot.com/2012/04/dare-to-share-4.html

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    1. Will definitely come back once I have something new :)

      Cheers!

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  12. Hi, I've featured your Kanzashi butterflies skirt today...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/05/threading-your-way-features.html

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    1. OMG thanks so much for featuring me! Sorry for noticing it so late, been very busy... Thanks once again!

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  13. What a pretty skirt! I would love to try something like this.
    www.blissfulsewing.blogspot.com

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