Monday, January 4, 2010

Afternoon Sewing Project: Shirt Makeover Tutorial

On the afternoon of New Year's Eve I decided I'd better patch some more of my daughter's pants before school resumed. I posted a tutorial about how I do that here.

When I pulled out my fabric scraps to let the girls choose what I should use for the patch, they got really excited about the possibilities. They wanted me to make them new pants from the scraps. I tried to explain that you had to have more fabric to make a whole pair of pants.
Then I remembered all the cute makeover projects I'd seen on Make It And Love It

I ran up to my closet, pulled out two shirts that I hadn't worn in over a year and went to work making two darling dresses for my girls.

This is one of those skin-tight shirts and so it took less than twenty minutes to pull together for my four-year-old.

I tried it on her, pinned it up, sewed, and cut off the excess. I pulled up the tops of the shoulders to decrease the neckline to the right size.

I love these cute stripes on my brown-eyed girl!


Gracie's dress took a few more steps because the shirt was kind of odd to begin with. I purchased it for $1 on clearance at Wal-Mart, yes that's one dollar, people!
I tried it on her several times and she was very worried about getting stuck with pins. I sewed up the sleeves to fit her arms and then I had to work with the neckline which was designed kind of like a cowl-neck top.


I had some beautiful lace in a box of sewing scraps that I used to get this dress to the right length--just at her knee.


La Piece De Resistance was the brooch that came with the shirt. Gracie thought that was fabulous. She said that she looked like a princess!


My girls were all decked out for our New Year's party and love their new dresses. So do I, because you can't beat FREE!
I'm excited to try this again. I need to clean out my closet and see what else I can find. Do you have some sewing projects on your to do list this year? What gets your creative bug going?

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