Added Feb 8, 2011
I got my inspiration from kimberleejean’s petticoat, who’s inspiration came on down the line. One of the ones in her line of inspiration used t-shirts for the fabric (sneezerville’s). I thought, “I can do that, we have lots of old t-shirts around the house”, and I am always looking for something new to do with them. Of course, I had very few plain white ones, most of those have something printed on them. I did have a bunch of my husband’s old plain dark t-shirts so I grabbed those and eventually got started.
The skirt itself is just an XL mens t-shirt with the neck and sleeves cut straight off, then a small angle sewn along the side to make it A line (not technical- but it worked). I used 5" ruffles (following the sneezerville suggestion) and spaced them at 3" intervals to make good pouf.
I love this skirt! It is so warm for winter, perfect for wearing right now around here. It could be I am too hippy for a petticoat, because I tried on a bunch of my skirts with it as a petticoat and they all made me look like an enormous sausage. Not the look I am going for. Therefore, I wear it as is. With all the work on the ruffles, I figure why cover it up anyways?
I only have two pet peeves. I figured that the skirt fabric wasn’t going to be seen much so I just picked a shirt and went with it. I turned out it was a little too bright for the rest of the shirt (for my liking anyways), and it shows too much for my liking. I stopped the ruffles about 4-5" from the top of the skirt so I have to wear a long shirt to cover the base skirt. I also happened to only have 3/4" elastic in the house when I was finishing the skirt. It is a heavy skirt (I used 3 1/2 mens shirts!) so I would have preferred a 1" elastic. I am already planning to take in the elastic because it is a little annoying!
4 XL mens cotton t-shirts, 3/4" elastic.
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