Wednesday, July 9, 2008

recycled clothing

While going through my closets, I found several shirts that weren't in the regular rotation. One is this lovely natural linen blouse that a friend had given to me. I love the fabric. The buttons. But it didn't look quite right on me. I also had this sleeveless maternity shirt. It was something I found on clearance 6 years ago for under $2. I love the fabric. The fit is good...but I can't help but feel like a picnic table every time I wear it.

What to do? What to do?

Then it hit me. I'll cut them apart, and make them into dresses for my girl.

So, in my usual style, I started cutting. I cut away everything that wasn't a dress:

Finished the edges around the shoulders, sewed up the sides, which was all it took to get this:

Did the same with the picnic wear:

I snazzed this one up a little with extra edging around it all, added a button, and sewed up the v-neck a bit, and that's all it took.

I'm hoping to find more inspiration soon. That sewing machine and I are getting along really swell lately. I'm feeling some projects coming for Handmade Christmas 2008.


lovemytannerman said...

You are so talented! Those came out nicely!

Rooney's Little Musings said...

Boy I wish I had the skills you do! Awesome.

Visty said...

And where is the model?? Those are cute. You had me giggling at "cutting away everything that wasn't a dress". Who knew it was so simple?

neeter said...

Great idea! Even my husband thought they were cool. Plus if it were something you really did like you could buy 2 and match. I love matching!

nonna said...

smile - smile - smile

betty r said...

Now that worked out well..great job. I love them!

Concha said...

this is absolutely brilliant!! I especially love the second one. You are too clever! :)