I love refashioning, taking something that already exists and getting at it with my seam ripper and making something from the pieces. Not only is it rewarding but it helps with new sewers, you are able to reuse things that you are not good at yet, like hems, collars etc.
Little Boys Button Down to Toddler Tie Top – My son Bailor just made six, so he has a closet full of button down shirts that may have been worn 2 times each that are too small. I used my seam ripper to take off the collar/top part of the shirt and the sleeves. I ironed down an inch/inch and a quarter seam across the top of the back and front of the shirt. I stiched up that seam and finished up the armholes with some biastape. Last step is to make/thread the ribbon through the top pocket. I used a basic cotton in a solid fabric but you could easily use ribbon as well.
To make the tie I took a long strip of the fabric probably about 4 inches wide and stiched up 2 of the 3 sides. I turned it right side out then stitched up the end and threaded it through the top with a safety pin. TaDa! There you have it, a new little top for Luna to wear with skinnies or leggings that will look so cute this spring and summer. I will defeintely be making more of these out the outgrown shirts we have!
Little Boys Button Down to Patchwork Bubble Dress
The best thing about making clothes for a tiny girl is the fact that you don’t need much fabric! With the leftovers of this 4T button down (the sleeves mainly) and the left over purple fabric I used as the tie I was able to make an entirely different dress for Luna to wear. I started with the long sleeve of the plaid button down with the cuff cut off. I placed the button of the sleeve at the top to create a cute little V neck with button look.
I surrounded the sleeve panel in the front with two purple strips for the left and right of the front piece. I created a similar back piece in the oposite pattern, purple in the middle, plaid ont eh sides. to finish up the top, I sewed a pocket to the top of the front and back pieces for my tie to go through and hemmed up the armholes and the sides.
Next I created a super easy bubble hem skirt by folding my purple fabric in half and stitching up the top seam with elastic thread.
Lastly I sewed the skirt to the top (be careful not to sew one piece inside out….I did this ) and create your tie or even use a ribbon to connect the top together.
Two new items for summer/spring out of one old button down and 1 yard of $2 fabric!
What do you think of the looks? Is this something you will try? If you do make sure and post a link to your photo/project in the comments or tweet/facebook/pintrest me about it!
-Drama mama outRead More