Sunday, November 10, 2013

Upcycle Hand-Me-Downs

Turn Boy's Clothes Into Girl's Clothes

I have two sons and hand me downs are a wonderful thing! I have Rubbermaid bins full of boy's clothes and every six months I've always gone through the drawers and rotated clothes. Then, I had a daughter. This has left me with a pile of clothes leftover from son #2 and nothing for my daughter. I have a couple friends that send me clothes from their girls, which is always a special treat, but I still end up having to buy a lot. As much as we try to convince our husbands that they're crazy, the woman's section of the store is just as big as the men's, it's a lie. We just need more stuff and same goes for little girls!

Refashion boys clothes in to girl's clothes, upcycling tutorial by Over The Apple Tree

After seeing the idea on Pinterest, I thought I would try to upcycle some of the boy's clothes into girl's clothes. Here is my first attempt and I think it turned out pretty cute!

I started with a striped, long sleeved t-shirt and a brown men's t-shirt. As usual, I forgot a before picture, sorry! I placed a shirt that fits my daughter well on top of the boy's shirt to use as a guide. I trimmed the sleeves and sides to make it more fitted(remember to leave seam allowance). Then I cut around the neck line.

Now pin and sew up sides and sleeves.

When I looked online how to make a cowl neck everyone said just cut out a rectangle and sew to make a tube. I did that and didn't like it. It didn't hang lose the way I wanted so Here's how I cut mine out. This shape made it hang down lower and made it baggier.

With right sides together, sew side A to side B. 

Now you're going to take the bottom, flip it up and line up to the top. The right side will be out and the wrong side together. 
Diagram how to make a cowl neck shirt by Over The Apple Tree

With the shirt inside out, slide the cowl inside the shirt and pin the lined up edges to the neck line of shirt. Now just sew the pinned neckline, then turn shirt right side out.

Using a white t-shirt I made some fabric flowers and ruffles for the pockets.

Refashion boy's clothes into girls' clothes, Upcycling tutorial by Over The Apple Tree

Refashion boy's clothes into girl's clothes, Upcycling tutorial by Over The Apple Tree

I attempted to explain this as clearly as I could, please let me know if you have any questions.

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  1. Super sweet cowl neck up cycle! Pinned:) I <3 your tutorial too:)

    1. Thanks for stopping by Michele! I'm not the most experience seamstress, so trying explain how I do what I do is not so easy, especially since I don't know how I pull it off half the time!

  2. What a great idea! I love it!
    I have a daughter me too and she refuse to wear "boy's" outfits.... Will copy for sure!
    I'd really like to have you as a contributor on my "A Refashion Obsession" Group board in Pinterest. I'm your newest follower there and on FB/bloglovin', if you'd like to be included, please follow me back (on Pinterest, at least :)) and tell me you did it, so I'll be able to send you an invite.
    MammaNene @ SergerPepper

    1. That would be great, thanks! I followed you back. I even have a few more refashion projects I will finish eventually!

  3. This is amazing! I saw you over at the link party today and love what you have done here. I will definitely have to try this!

  4. Oh this is so cute, I never would've known it was a boys shirt in the first place. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

  5. I absolutely LOVE THIS! Thank you so much for sharing at the Friday Follow Along at Frugal Fit Family! I hope you will swing by tomorrow because you are FEATURED! Thanks again!



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