I had my first Colette Challenge misadventure. It's not a failure because I learned a lot from it and I may yet be able to salvage the project. I call it my first because I fully expect to have more misadventures because, unfortunately, that's how I learn.
I really like the t-shirt skirts from Sew Like My Mom (here) but I also like the ruffle t-shirt skirts from Monkey See, Monkey Do! (here). I wanted to combine the two, having a t-shirt skirt with a shirred waistband and a ruffled bottom. I found this cute t-shirt at the local thrift store. I love the yellow bicycle!
Being a woman's medium, the t-shirt was too small for this project, so I decided to add dark blue panels on the sides from another thrifted t-shirt. Adding a ruffle along the bottom should make it long enough. That was the plan, anyway.
Here's a list of my errors:
- Measuring around my waist instead of my hips (the widest part of my lower body). Therefore, the skirt fits my waist but is too snug around the hips.
- Sewing the shirring on the wrong side of the fabric. I was halfway around when I realized that the elastic bobbin thread was on the right side of the fabric. Oh well, I never tuck in my shirts anyway.
- Not using a stretch stitch for the shirring. When I tried the skirt on (with 3 lines of shirring), I could hear stitches popping!
- Not starting with a long enough t-shirt. It's going to take a mack daddy ruffle to get this skirt to a decent length for me (just above the knee).
I stopped this project for now and I may or may not come back to it later. I think I'll go to my local big box retailer and buy an inexpensive man's 3X large t-shirt to try again.