t-shirt revamp

after this post, you'll never want to get rid of an old t-shirt again.  seriously.

t-shirt revamp

i know, right?

t-shirt revamp

okay, i bought this shirt for 5 bucks off the sale rack at gap back in 199somethin'.  and it has been unworn for at least half that time.  yet i did not give it away.  it sat in a drawer, then a closet, then a bin, but i kept it.  and now i know why.  it had a second life to live.  even better than the first. it was waiting to be an uber cute dress for my favorite girl. 

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i picked a jumper out of gia's closet to use as a template, lined it all up, and traced one side.

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cut that side.

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folded it over (and pinned it) and cut the other side.

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then i didn't like the armholes.  they were too big.  silly me.  jumpers are not cut the same as dresses.  so then i recut.

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i repurposed the sleeves as - get this - sleeves.  they needed to be smaller though.  i lined them up with the body of the dress to determine size.  (this is when i realized the arm holes were too big.)  i cut them and sewed up the cut.

and the next steps i did at night, meaning no photos.  but i just turned the dress inside out, sewed up the sides (leaving the armholes open).  then i added the sleeves.  they were not easy (for me) but i just don't really know the tricks of this yet.  i need to learn though.  it would save me a lot of hassle. 

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i cut strips from the scraps and made ruffles.

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i pinned the ruffles down and handsewed them on.

amazing, right?  i am definitely doing this again.  maybe lots and lots.

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not only does she look adorable. . .

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but she loooooooves her dress too.

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and the pink cowboy boots are fab.

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the stretchy knit makes it a great playdress.

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i couldn't match the stripes if i wanted the bottom hem to meet.  oh well.

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Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

I love it, you did a great job! And your daughter is so cute!

nicole said...

so stink'n cute!

~april said...

Now THAT is a great easy re-use project. This is coming from a girl who hates to throw anything away that can possibly be used for future crafting with a husband who throws things out behind her back (and I SO DO notice!). Love it!

Roxanne said...

Love it- so cute!!! You are so creative! i got the apron today and LOVE IT!! thanx again girl!!

Kimberly Martin-Boyd said...

Amazing! Who's shirt was it to start?

Lulu said...

This is awesome!!! :)

The Fifth Street Mama said...

This is great! Your daughter is a doll. She looks so stylish in it!

andrea said...

I love this idea. From boring to fabulous! Great job!

Bobbie said...

I love that. Wanna come join my linky party on saturday?

Katherine said...

I love this! Thanks for sharing :)

Kelley said...

AWE~SOME! I love it!

Jessica Hills said...

That is so cute! I have so many t-shirts I need to do that to! Come stop by my Favorite Things Friday Party if you would like to join in!

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Who do I know who sews? Who do I know who sews? I have to forward this to them! :) This is a GREAT project and you did a wonderful job on it! You're totally right ... you can't ever throw a T-shirt away again.

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