Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thrift Store Shirt Transformation

When I was pregnant with my first little girl, I was in the D. I. (a thrift store in Utah) and I found this little shirt.

 I thought it was darling, plus it still had the original tags on from the baby gap so it had never been worn... Since it was only $3,  I decided that I needed to have it! ;) So I took it home, washed it, and hung it in the closet among all the other precious outfits I had collected over the past 9 months. Once my little gal was here I realized that this shirt was never going to work for her. It was super short and really wide. It was 3-6 months size, but with my tiny gal it just never fit right- even when she was older. By the time the width would have worked- it was a belly shirt and the sleeves were an awkward length. Bummer! 

When I had my next little gal I thought maybe it might work for her, but since she is even tinier than my first- it definitely didn't work. 


One of my favorite ways to sew a dress is just to use an already existing shirt and just add a skirt to it to make a dress like I did with my polka dot dress and my mellow yellow dress . So I used the same idea to turn this into a dress too.... I cut the sleeves off and added elastic to make little puff sleeves. Some elastic around the waist to bring in the width a little, and added a fun bouncy skirt... I liked the look of the frayed finished edge of the skirt so I didn't hem it- I just left it unfinished. 

So now at 11 months- this little shirt finally works for my daughter. I am so excited to have her wear it to church this sunday!




Now I just need to make some matching bloomers to go underneath!

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6 comments:

  1. You are to talented! I love the dress!!!

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  2. What a cute dress and a great idea, love it!
    Mamma with Heart (UK)

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  3. Love it!! Be sure to link this up to my Linky Party at Lil' Luna next Wednesday. Love your style, girl! XO

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  4. Awww, this is just adorable! I too have bought some thrift store finds only to realize later that the fit was just plain funny, this was a great thrift store rescue! I'd love for you to come visit my blog sometime, www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

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  5. You've seen the big stores - Goodwill, Salvation Army, Savers...and then there are the charity shops run by churches and non-profits.
    thrift store

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