Wednesday, August 19, 2009

refashioned:: t-shirt to little girls top

i am really getting into this refashioning thing! and now i am kicking myself for all the clothes that i have tossed over the years!

here is the latest refashion:

this t-shirt was purchased a few years ago. i wore it a couple of times... horizontal stripes- what was i thinking??


today i turned it into an adorable top for my daughter Sutton.


i cut off the collar and using elastic thread on the bobbin and regular thread on top i gathered or "shirred" the neckline. i fit the shirt to Sutton's body and then sewed the sides and cut off the sleeves and used the same shirring technique.


i cut the scrap pieces to strips about 1" wide and gathered them using (of course) the elastic thread method. i continuously fed the strips through the machine so i ended up with one long ruffle. i sewed the ruffle to the neckline (once all the way around and then once more shoulder to shoulder in the front) and to the hem.


the entire project took about an hour. i love using jersey- no need to hem! Sutton told me it is her "favorite shirt" which, of course, makes me happy. she was concerned about eating dinner because she didn't want to get food on her shirt. she put another shirt on top for protection!

i have a huge pile of cast-offs that i have plans for. there are so many great ideas out there. i can't wait to get started!

24 comments:

Jen said...

I am thoroughly impressed!! What a GREAT shirt! Can I be like you when I grow up?!

Molly said...

Oh Erin, how I long for your sewing talent!

Jenn-Lee said...

Wow. Awesome! I just went through my closet today and made a pile of tops that i thought I could use to make something for the girls. Thanks for the links and the great idea. I might need your help with this top. looks tricky but once I get it I am sure it isn't that hard. Keep the posts coming! I love it!.

liz said...

whoa awesome erin. man i wish we could have a ladies night with you as the star teaching us stuff!

Cathy said...

How I wish I was this crafty... I little ruffle headband would be cute too.

Better After said...

So talented! I just posted your play kitchen! Thanks :)

MMJ said...

What an awesome transformation!!

mrs. fisher's findings said...

This is so adorable!! If only I had little girls to make this for. :) Great job! I love your blog!

andrea. said...

ahhh...amazing!! i love it!

Macey said...

Wow! That is amazing! I wish I could sew like that, only an hour! Love it!

Christie Burnett said...

That looks great, thanks for sharing.

Wish my machine sewing was up to this level of complexity!

Christie
http://childhood101.blogspot.com/

jen said...

this just cements that we are never moving far away from you guys after we have children. and you will be a rich woman with everything i'll want you to make for them. :) it's a very cute shirt for sutton. i love that she put on an extra shirt for protection during dinner!

McKeehan's said...

Erin this is so cute! I'm making one for Paris today! And thanks for including the blog link, I love that blog!

sugarmagnolia said...

wow, really cute! you have a great eye for style ;)

Melissa [IS•LY] said...

What a fabulous re-fashion! I did it, too, with one of the shirts I hardly ever wore. I LOVED it, I'm going to be doing it again.

Heidi said...

This is ADORABLE! I just found your blog through Someday Crafts, and I have to admit that I clicked on the link just because it said Sutton on it - my 2 year old son is named Sutton, and I've never actually come across anyone else with his name. Your Sutton is adorable, and I LOVE this shirt!

Jennifer Johnson said...

Just saw your blog today for the first time. Our 5 year old daughter is Sutton Elizabeth with similar hair color! Great name for a girl! Another friend also has a daughter Sutton who is a few months younger than mine.

Andee said...

This is amazing. I just put a pile of clothes aside for Goodwill. Maybe I'll reconsider....

Erin said...

Thanks everyone!

heidi and jennifer- it's fun knowing there are other Sutton's out there... it's such a great name!

Emily said...

Wow! it turned out sooooo cute, I REALLY need to work on my sewing skills :) Thanks for stopping by my blog!

~Emily~

camillavt said...

Sutton should seriously model for Gap kids.

Maren said...

I would love to see this s a tutorial or at least the "shirring" - I have no idea what that is but sounds really cute. The tshirt is great and your daughter has drop dead gorgeous eyes!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Too cute! I love your ruffled top too!

And I totally agree...your little girl is a cutie!

Blessings & Aloha!

Marla said...

Erin, i am in love with all your darling designs. Wish I had a litte girl to play dress up with. Just crazy about your blog, I'm a follower for life. Not like I will do all of these projects you feature, but I love looking at them. Smiles, Marla

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