I recently did some clearance shopping at Old Navy. I was quite pleased because I found several nice T-shirts in the men's section for $0.97 each. I bought them knowing that my husband probably wouldn't be crazy about them and that I could turn them into something special. I've been eyeing the Warhol baby dress from Dana at Made, but after some thoughtful consideration, and some t-shirt repurposing research I decided on some yoga pants. I found this great tutorial on Cut Out and Keep. Now I love to sew, but sewing clothing is really intimidating to me. It just seems that it is really difficult to get a proper fit.
The instructions are pretty simple. You lay your T-shirt out flat, cut off the sleeves, the collar, and cut the shirt down the middle. The arc for the shirt sleeves will serve as the crotch of the pants. You simply sew together the two pieces at the middle, stitch one seam on each pant leg, add a waistband and your done. Several tutorials that I found used the shirt sleeves as the waistband, but I decided to use a strip of fabric from another 97 cent shirt to serve as my waistband. I liked the two colors together, and I felt like it gave it a little something different. I folded my strip of fabric in half, matched up the center seam in the back, and wrapped the waistband around the front. I crossed the waistband in the front and formed a "V". I had to adjust the waistband a couple of times to get it snug enough to stay on my waist without a drawstring, but I am really pleased with the way they turned out. The pants are super comfortable and were simple to make. If you didn't want to fit your waistband you could always add elastic or a drawstring. I have a feeling that I am going to be living in these pants for the next little while.
I used a shirt that was a men's large, and it ended up being a woman's size Small-Medium pant.
Sorry about the goofy photos, I am not the best at taking self portraits.
You can find my Sweatshirt to Lounge Short Tutorial here.