Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Recycle old Knit T-shirts

This is a photo of My son, me and my great nephew on New Years Eve.

A long time ago we all made t-shirt dresses by adding a gathered bottom to a t-shirt. That was fun and pretty easy using the gathering foot. Here are a couple of more ideas.

1. To make a nightgown - use an old knit turtle neck and add a gathered bottom for the skirt. It is warm and quite comfortable. (You can always embellish with embroidery or applique.)
2. Cut a knit t-shirt about 3" down from the sleeve seam and add a slightly gathered bottom for the skirt, this will result in a prairie dress. (Seen a lot of them on Project Runway.)
3. Same goes for a knit tank top, add a gathered bottom for the skirt.

Test the gathering ratio of the fabric you will be using for the bottom. I usually take a 10" strip and see what is left after gathering. There will be different results if you are just using gathering settings instead of a gathering foot. Remember for gathering it is suggested that you use both needles or 4 threads.
The amount of fabric suggested for the bottom of the shirts is 2 - 2 1/2 times the circumference of the bottom of the shirt. This will also depend on the gathering ratio.

If you want to be daring, you could even use a button down blouse - this would really be neat.

Spring is coming soon, so start making your warm weather garments.

Oh, another idea - add ruffles to the bottom of shorts. Cute and quick.

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