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. 


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. 



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.



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.



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. 



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.



Here it the little sweet cakes modeling her new shirt.




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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  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! :)

  2. She's cute! I love the tops. A great idea! Visiting via Along for the Ride!
    Agy @

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