Category: Repurpose

September 23, 2013

Sewing for Kindergarten

Filed under: Pattern,Repurpose,Sewing,Tutorials - 23 Sep 2013

Sew Like My Mom | Sewing for Kindergarten

Mie at Sewing Like Mad came up with an amazing idea this year after seeing how many bloggers had kids starting Kindergarten. And wouldn’t you know it, Sofia started in August and I jumped at the chance to participate! There have been a ton of amazing tutorials and posts full of lovely pictures and ideas and I’m thrilled to share mine today.

Sweater dresses have a big place in my heart. They’re warm and cozy, but still offer a great girly flavor.

Sew Like My Mom | Sewing for Kindergarten

Sew Like My Mom | Sewing for Kindergarten

Sofia is LOVING Kindergarten and has been jumping out of bed every morning to rush out the door. Nearly every day she asks me to wear a dress so I’m always on the hunt for inexpensive dresses for her. For many years I’ve wanted to make the majority of her wardrobe and I’m finally on the right track.

Sew Like My Mom | Sewing for Kindergarten

I’m a sucker for a good upcycle and when I spotted this bright, oversized sweater in my local thrift shop, I knew I had to have it.

Sew Like My Mom | Sewing for Kindergarten

And can you believe it, it was dirt cheap!

Sew Like My Mom | Sewing for Kindergarten


November 19, 2010

Baby Yoga Pants

Filed under: Repurpose,Sewing - 19 Nov 2010

I have all these cute onesies people gave us or I bought when Sofie was Chloe’s age. She didn’t wear them often because the only pant options I had for them was jeans, and I’m really funny about fabrics for baby. But since during the winter months we don’t get out much, I decided I’d take advantage of our long sleeve onesies by making Chloe some yoga-style pants to bum around the house in.

So, using an old shirt of mine that was too short, and the same 12m pants pattern I made for these jammies, I turned this shirt

into these pants!

And they fit her like an absolute dream!


She sure is going to be comfy this winter!


I can’t wait to clean out my closet and repurpose pants for her in every color and pattern under the sun!

August 29, 2010

Shirr Amazement

Filed under: Repurpose,Sewing - 29 Aug 2010

Whew. Sorry about that horrible break I took. You know how life speeds up and days fly by in a blur and before you know it 2 weeks have gone by? Totally didn’t happen to me.

But I did have a faulty sewing machine, a sick baby that basically stopped sleeping (we did spend 3 hours in the ER in the middle of the night last week, so that didn’t help), a 2 year old cutting molars, and a total lack of inspiration. So instead of excitedly running to my machine after tucking the girls into bed, I’ve been opting for vegging on the sofa with a beer and my DVR. Not good for the blog, but great for my spirit. But I’m back, and I’ve got lots to share!

I had such a great time (and success) creating something for Sofie from one of my shirts, that I wanted to try it again. About 3 months ago my Mom brought some old plastic drawers I left at their house after college. While digging through one I found an old shirt I’d adored in my collegiate years but knew I’d never be able to wear again. I instantly knew it would be an easy transformation into a shirt for Sofie.

This shirt came from the Old Navy Outlet in 2000. Anyone who was anyone (in my circle) had it. We had to alert each other to our intended wearing days to avoid the awkward twin moment in the dining hall. But I loved it. Loved it so much that even before I ever repurposed anything, I knew I’d want to do something with this shirt someday.

It had a hidden zipper in the back, as well as an label. I needed to remove both, and they were easily taken out.

(with zipper)

I carefully wielded my seam ripper up and down the sides of the zipper. I also removed the stitching at the bottom hem.

And once the zipper and label were gone,

I stitched the opening closed along the previous crease made from the zipper.

And restitched the hem and the bias tape along the top.

I knew I wanted to shirr the back, but was a little stumped about how to fix the darts. Because even though she’s dying for them, Sofie doesn’t have boobs. Well, I shirred a little out of the box and decided to go from the end of one dart, around the back, and to the end of the other one. It gave me great framework, a stopping point, and I liked the effect.

And she liked the shirt! It’s long enough in the front to be dress length, but in the back her little butt would hang out. I suspect this will fit her great next year (and potentially the year after that, too!).

(Please don’t mind the wrinkles, I took her out of the car to take these pictures before we went in for lunch. I have to strike while the toddler cooperates…)

I have a few other shirts from my college days I kept that I’m anxious to refashion for my girls. I love seeing them in clothes that have special memories for me!

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