Friday, November 19, 2010

T-Shirt + Legging Makeover for a Little Girl


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Couple weeks ago, I was guest posting at Sew Dang Cute. I will post the tutorial I did here today, just in case anybody missed it. This is a really fun repurpose project, especially, if your child outgrows a few clothes so fast that the cloth still looks new, but too small to wear them as is. :)

My little girl used to wear a t-shirt and leggings like this... but the leggings are too tight now, and the t-shirt works ok for now, but by next summer, it will be too small for her. I decided to combine them together, and make something for this fall & winter. Here are the steps that I followed...


1. I used one of her 5T t-shirts as a sample to measure how long I needed for the sleeves and made the cut.


2. The legging was wider than the opening of the sleeves of the shirt. I had to sew the side of the sleeves to match the opening of the shirt.


3. Pin the long sleeve to the t-shirt. Sew, Turn.


4. I wanted to make a hat with the leftover fabric, but my little girl strongly resisted and said "I don't want to wear my butt!"...so, I decided to accessorize the shirt.


5. Cut 3 - 1" X 7" strips. Using the largest setting for stitches sew in the middle of the strips. Pull one thread to make ruffles.


6. Sew a ruffle in the middle of the t-shirt. Repeat the process and add ruffles on the both sides. I added decorative trims between the ruffles.


We did a photo shoot in the nice sunny fall weather. She loved the shirt (she didn't have to wear her butt, so that made her even happier), the shirt was perfect. :)


When I think about the possibilities, I have hard time throwing old clothes away. I have a pile of out grown kids clothes sitting here in my sewing room taking up some precious space... I hope I can introduce "REBORN" clothes in a future post.

17 comments:

  1. Love this idea! I would have never thought about that, thank you!

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  2. I have a few long sleeve tees that don't fit anymore...but the sleeves could be repurposed....thanks for the idea!

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  3. That cracks me up!!! The I don't want to wear my butt. Totallyn cute!!! Such a great way to reuse the legggings

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  4. thats so great thanks for sharing your very talented :)

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  5. Love the makeover so bad! Thanks for sharing

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  6. Awesome makeover. I'll have to get some of this done as my daughter outgrows her leggings

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  7. THis is adorable!

    I have a bundle of fat quaters from Marie Madeline Studios that I am giving away-I wasn't sure if you would like to join and/or post this on your blog..here it the link:

    http://happyhomemakerandmomma.blogspot.com/2010/11/mariemadeline-studios-fat-quarters.html

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  8. I love this idea! My daughter keeps wanting to wear some of her old summer shirts and now she'll be able to! (She wouldn't be able to wear her butt anyway, as it got all muddy and never came out, and on her head it would be even more noticeable.)

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  9. I love this idea! My daughter keeps wanting to wear some of her old summer shirts and now she'll be able to! (She wouldn't be able to wear her butt anyway, as it got all muddy and never came out, and on her head it would be even more noticeable.)

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  10. The butt comment is too funny. Kids crack me up! Great idea though!

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  11. The T-shirt has a totally new look,
    like a new one just bought.
    Great idea. *O,O*

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  12. That is a cute idea. I love your daughter said she didn't want to wear her but, that sounds like something my 4 year old would say.

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  13. This is really cute - wish I had some nieces! I'm a new follower, btw!

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  14. I just love it! Its super idea!

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  15. I think it's hilarious your little girl didn't want to wear her butt! I love the finished product, love the ruffles and everything!

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  16. Love your post as usually. Have been a silent reader of your blog. Really enjoys all your posts and stories. Hope I can be like you somedays : )

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