Turn Boys Shirts into Girls Shirts

My Star Wars obsessed little girl was given a couple boys shirts for her Star Wars birthday.  Here are some simple ways I turned them into girly shirts.

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I cut the sleeves off this one:

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And added some beautiful lace. For the sleeves, I sewed the lace on top to hide the portion I cut off. For the bottom hem, I sewed the lace to the inside of the shirt.

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For this shirt I simply added Rick Rack edging to the inside of the bottom hem.

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There you have it. Two super simple ways to make boys t-shirts into girls.

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Watch out. The force is strong with this one.

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Love how these shirts came out. My baby girl has never looked so cute. Hope this inspires you to make the most with what you have. Would love to hear from you if you get inspired to do this!

Roll-up Pants

My baby girl looks just as sweet as her big brother did in this outfit almost three years ago.

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I like to call these Zander’s “fancy pants” because I made them for a wedding we went to recently.

Knowing the wedding would be held outside in possibly 100 degree humid weather, I wanted to make something both comfy and fashionable for him. I followed this tutorial to make the flat front linen pant and added the buttons and tabs myself to convert them into shorts. Perfect for fancy weddings or for lounging barefoot around the house (or at the beach).

DIY Zipper Back Tank

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It still feels like summertime here in San Diego so I thought I’d showcase this tank I converted. This was a plain gray tank before.  Bor-ring.  For the geek in me, I screen printed the front pocket graphic with my lovely Yudu machine.

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To make the back, I cut a slit down the middle and simply sewed the open zipper to each side. Yup, it’s that easy to add an exposed zipper to your tank top.

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This zipper IS functional but since I don’t intend to pull it much, I used my label as the zipper pull. It’s a fabric label and I just poked a hole in it so it can’t take much tugging but it’s the perfect place to showcase my label.

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This tank was inspired by one of my favorite blogs, Trash to Couture. She takes random thrift store finds and transforms them into some amazing pieces. Here’s a link to her tutorial on adding a zipper to a tank.

Next time you think about tossing that old plain tank, try adding an exposed zipper to the back to give it a completely new look. Happy sewing!!!

 

 

Ripped Jeans

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Finally, some custom made clothing for my baby girl.  I actually made these a couple years ago for Zander but his thighs were too chunky to squeeze into them.  Needless to say, I was thrilled that they fit my petit little Zoey so well.

I felt like a proud mama today seeing my little girl play and take her first few wobbly steps in the jeans I worked so hard on. This was one of the first pairs of pants I made so it was a huge accomplishment for me.

For those interested, I followed this tutorial from Dana Made It to make the pants. To achieve the ripped effect, I watched this you tube video.

Hope this inspires you to make something for your little one – or yourself!

DIY Romper

As with most of my projects, this one too, stemmed from a problem.  Zander’s birthday party this year was Hawaiian themed and of course, I had nothing to wear.

With the Fall and Winter months ahead, it was pretty hard to find anything “Summery”, much less Hawaiian – and so my mission began… I needed something that was:

1. Hawaiian themed
2. Breathable, since it was a hot day and the party was outside
3. Easy to maneuver in, since I’d be running around hosting, carrying Z and of course, jumping in the bounce house

I actually picked up this fabric months ago in an LA fabric store in the rummage pile. Coincidentally,  I bought it with full intention of making a romper – one day. Z’s birthday was  the kick-in-the-butt I needed to make it happen.

I gave myself 1 night to complete the outfit, start to finish. It took me 3hrs and costs $3 in materials – score!

The pattern is actually fairly simple. The top is 2 square pieces, front and back – elastic around the top. Bottom, I used my loose fitting pajama pants as a pattern. Top and bottom are sewn together and the seam is covered by the belt. And there you have it. A summer outfit that’s cute AND practical. Hope this inspires you to take on those projects you’ve been putting off, too!

 

Girls Summer Dress

I know what you’re thinking… finally, something for a girl!  Most of what I’ve made revolves around Zander, which means tees, jackets, pants and shoes. It was nice to finally make something cute for a little girl.

I followed this tutorial for the most part, but added a second layer underneath to match the material used around the neckline and straps. Made of light-weight cottons it’ll keep her feeling and looking cool all summer long.

4 Ways to Turn Pants into Shorts

If you’re anything like me, you have a surplus of pants and a shortage of shorts. Not ideal for summer at all.

In a few easy steps, you too, can turn pants you don’t wear much anymore into shorts you’ll love. It’s a win-win-win situation. You make the most of your current wardrobe, save the cash for something else, and they’ll fit perfectly because they were your pants to begin with.

Hemmed:
1. Turn pants inside out
2. Mark desired length with a line
3. Cut 1 inch below ‘desired length line’
4. Serge both pant legs so they don’t fray (optional)
5. Fold and iron at ‘desired length line’
6. Sew all around both pant legs

Cut & Fold:
1. Mark desired length with a line
2. Cut 1 inch below ‘desired length line’
3. Fold (toward outside of pants so raw edge is showing) and iron at ‘desired length line’
4. Tack (sew a few stitches back and forth) so it won’t unfold. Tack along the sides and front and back (4 total) – Example below

Rolled:
1. Turn pants inside out
2. Mark desired length with a line
3. Cut 2 inches below ‘desired length line’
4. Turn pants right-side out
5. Fold 1 inch and iron
6. Fold 1 inch again and iron
7. Tack (sew a few stitches back and forth) so it won’t unfold. Tack along the sides and front and back (4 total) – Example below

Cut:
1. All in the name… cut it and you’re done! Edges will fray naturally after wearing and washing.

 Example of tacking:

Baby Shoes with Reversible Insole

These shoes were made especially for Zander’s little friend in the neighborhood. He’s just learning to walk so I wanted to make him something cute and comfy. I purchased this pattern on Etsy and altered it to fit his narrow feet. I also added a foam insole for more cushion as he walks and soon enough, runs. For added fun, I made the insole reversible. Hope this inspires you to make your own version of these cute shoes for the kiddos in your life!

T-Shirt Turned Tank

Quick and simple tutorial on how to turn a t-shirt into a tank. Perfect for the warm summer months to come!

Video Tutorial:

Detailed Instructions:

Step 1:

Fold tee in half and cut arm holes and neckline. Tip: Use one of your tank tops as a guide to mark where to cut.

Step 2:

Hand sew along dotted line.

Step 3:

Pull on thread to gather material. Tie the thread at the end to secure the gathering in place.

Step 4:

Measure about 2 inches down from neckline.

Step 5:

Fold (accordion style) down to the 2 inches you measured. Hand sew in place.

Arm holes and neckline can be left unsewn – they won’t fray.

There you have it! Five simple steps to turn your tee into a tank. Enjoy!

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