Monday, April 26, 2010

Little Re-fashion

I've been on some different blogs lately that give a lot of ideas on how to re-fashion old clothes. It's certainly not a new concept - I've seen a lovely dress from the 1840s made in cloth form the 1700s, and heard stories of how ladies would move the stained side of their skirt to one side, so that it would be hidden as they walked arm in arm with their husband. My own Grandpa Bud's mother got through the Great Depression by getting cast off suits from wealthier folks, and cutting the high quality wool down into suits for her little boys. Everyone wondered how she could afford such "expensive" clothing!

I've done a bit of refashioning myself (re-hemming a skirt or making jeans into "talls" capris) but I've certainly been inspired to take things a bit farther, so here is one of my first efforts. One stained tee shirt + 1/2 yard of cute fabric = the Girly at Heart dress!

This was SUCH a fun project! Total cost was $1.75 plus one evening's work. Not bad compared to brand name play dresses which run $30 and up! I think next time I should be able to do it in under 30 minutes, depending on how I decorate the shirt.

The ruffled heart was SO easy with the serger, although you could do the same thing by sewing a long tube of fabric.

Alaina wore it the day after I made it, and we had to get some pictures!

It's such a cute, fun and easy idea, I had to share!


Tete said...

Great ideas!
And don't forget fabric yo-yos!
They don't take a lot of fabric and can cover a stain really fast!
They make cute little flowers on any project.
I have my great grandmothers quilt made of 1" squares from sugar sacks and old clothes.
They also used old worn out coats to make comforters for cold winter months!

The Sisson Clan said...

This is soooo cute! You could whip up an inexpensive summer wardrobe in no time. Isn't it fun to sew for girls??

The Capp Crew said...

Such a cute project! I tried my hand at re-fashioning just recently, and it was a real challenge, but it turned out nicely. I will definitely do more of that in the future!


The Barnard's said...

That is an adorable outfit!!! It fits her perfectly ... personality and all ;)


Namaw Kak said...

My Grandma used to take the worn out collars off of Grandpa's shirts, flannel and dress, and turn them over so it appears to have a new collar.

~the gambill gals~ said...

What a darling dress! & Loved all the stories of re-fashioning.:)

Anonymous said...

How cute your pumpkin is! She must really have had to work at keeping her balance in the wind! I got such a kick out of her straight up piggy tails!! Sue

Anonymous said...

Would you mind posting some links to the blogs you viewed about this?

Nitchfield News said...

Hi there Colleen!
I don't know how to post links :-{ but I've gotten great ideas from the blogs "Ruffles And Stuff" and "Tea Rose Home".