Monday, May 9, 2011

Thrifty Sewing

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I love my boys.  They often get left out when it comes to my sewing projects so I really love Celebrate The Boy month over at Made and Made by Rae.  However, sewing for girls is just so much fun!  As I mentioned yesterday, my friend Caryn and I sewed up a couple of T-shirt dresses for her little girl.  Basically you cut off the bottom of a store bought shirt and sew on a skirt.  It is super easy and cuts out a lot of tricky steps for a beginning sewer. 

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When we cut off the bottom of the shirts, we were left with these already hemmed and sewn together scraps.  Well I just couldn’t waste those. 

 

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I decided to pin them together and make a skirt for my friend’s daughter.  I sewed the white piece to the top of the pink piece to give enough length to the skirt.  Then I folded the top of the white piece down 1/4” two times to make a casing for the elastic.

 

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I inserted the elastic into the casing with a safety pin and added a cute little appliqué flower from the scraps of fabric we used to make the original dresses.  Cute and simple.

 

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I also had a bottom of a shirt from a t-shirt dress that I had made for my girls a while back.  I made the elastic casing in the same way.  Even though the bottom was already hemmed, I sewed over it again with some green thread and used a fancy stitch.  Lastly, I used some flocked heat transfer and cut out her initial on my Silhouette. 

 

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This was my favorite thrifty project of the night.  I was able to make a reversible top out of the scraps from the skirt fabric.  I needed to add a little extra length and I had just enough fabric to sew to the bottom of the shirt.  This reversible shirt comes from a free tutorial on From an Igloo.  Click HERE for the tutorial.  Click HERE for my previous post were I used this tutorial to make reversible dresses for my girls.

 

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Here it the little sweet cakes modeling her new shirt.

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She is also going on her first trip to Disney World so I had to make her this Amelia top like the one that I made for my girls.  You can read my post about it HERE.

 

Happy Sewing!

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4 comments:

  1. I love little girl's clothes!! Those tops are so cute - how creative to make them from skirts!! Great job - I'm stopping by from Tip Junkie! :)

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