Sunday, January 26, 2014

Upcycle Hand-Me-Downs 2

Turning boy's clothes into girl's clothes...again!

Upcycle hand-me-downs by Over The Apple Tree

So here is my second go at taking my boy's hand-me-downs and refashioning them for my girl.(see first clothing upcycle) I can certainly go and buy her new clothes and trust me, she has tons but it's fun to try something new and save some cash while I'm at it! I saw these shirts early in the season that had ruffled sections of sheer fabric in the back. I wanted to do something like that but since it's still winter, no sheer fabric over here! 




This is a boy's heavy, sweater-like shirt. I tried it on my daughter first to see what the fit was like. I wanted it to be a little more fitted so I cut off the sleeves and them trimmed excess fabric down the sides. I cut out a section from the back of the red sweater where I was going to insert the grey.

For the grey back section, I used a men's grey t-shirt and cut a section from the bottom of the shirt (keeping the original seam) about twice the width of the red sweater. Since I wanted it to hang a little lower in the center, I made the length longer in the center.



Hand-me-down refashioning by Over The Apple Tree

Ruffle this grey section by running the top edge through your machine with the stitch length and the tension settings turned all the way up. Now sew the top edge of the grey to the bottom edge of the back of the red sweater with zigzag stitch(don't forget to readjust the tension and stitch length back to normal).

Now you just need to put the rest of the shirt back together, sew the sleeves back on(I made mine a little tighter) and down the sides.

I cut out a heart from the grey t-shirt for the front and attached it with a zigzag stitch.

Hand-me-down refashioning by Over The Apple Tree


Hand-me-down refashioning by Over The Apple Tree


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44 comments:

  1. This refashion is super sweet! Pinning and sharing:)

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  2. This is so creative, Laura! Your little girls is adorable :)

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    1. Thanks Amy! Come visit me again:-)

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  3. What a lovely idea, I've seen men's shirts turning into dresses, aprons, tops etc but this is brilliant, I can imagine this working for all sorts of variations.
    In our family our daughter was the oldest (still is, it's just they are all grown up and past the hand me down thing!) so this wouldn't have worked so well. Poor love, I used to make her have boring green wellies so they would pass down to her brothers! Actually thinking about it, she and I are both now smaller than her brothers so maybe I could try something with their old stuff for me....

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    1. There you go Julia! I am actually working on a skirt for myself out of a men's xxl dress shirt. Hope it works!

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  4. What a great idea! It's times like this that I wish I was good at sewing. Oh well. Stopping by to say hi from the hop.
    Cheers,
    Char
    http://1epicmom.com

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    1. Hey you gotta start somewhere, I barely know what I'm doing most of the time! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Oh, that is so clever! So much cleverer than just... ahem... sticking a pink bow in her hair and calling it done! ;)
    I followed you over from the Fantastic Friday Link Up!
    Have a great weekend!
    ~ Christine @ Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

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    1. Thanks for visiting me Christine, come back again!

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  6. I love this! How cute! Pinning for future reference! I came over from the Weekend Re-Treat Link Up! Have a great weekend!

    Sara @ A Plethora of Ponderings

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Sara!

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  7. Super cute! What a fun way to make a boys shirt work for little sister!

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    1. Thanks Shelly! I have bins and bins of boys clothes, guess I need to come up with more ideas!

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  8. Adorable!! You did such a great job!

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  9. What a great idea! Making a boy's shirt more girly would never even have occurred to me! Thank you for linking up to the Weekend re-Treat Link Party!
    xo,
    Shannon
    www.akadesign.ca
    www.bloggersandbrands.net

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  10. That is absolutely adorable! I wish I could sew. My mother always sewed our clothes growing up, but the sewing bug never hit me.

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  11. This is so brilliant! I only have boy clothes, but I'm sharing this with all my friends who have girls and pinning!

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    1. Thanks for the share! Come and visit me again soon;-)

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  12. that is adorable!!! Your model is a cutie pie too. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop. Big Hugs ♥

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  13. Oh. So. Cute. and girly!!! Great idea...thanks for sharing it with us. I saw your post over at "Kammy's Korner" link party.

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  14. Pretty! I love this creation!
    The heart, the red striped knit, the ruffled back peplum... simply perfect!
    Thanks for linking up at Do-Tell Tuesday!
    MammaNene @ SergerPepper

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  15. This is a genius idea! I never would have thought to use boy clothes for girls but this shows it can be done! Thanks for sharing this at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!

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    1. Thanks Carrie! I need to come up with more, I have too many boy clothes!

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  16. Hi! Just wanted to let you know that your post has been featured on the weekend re-Treat Link party this week. Hope you come link up again!

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    1. I saw that this morning! Thanks so much I love that link party:-)

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  17. this is a great tutorial!! I've done something similar with a boys t-shirt... so great when you can reuse!! You are featured this weekend in my Create Link Inspire features. thanks for linking up! Come on over and check out the sewing for kids ideas I've got in the post today! I've spread the word all over social media... would love for you to do the same.. Happy weekend!! Emily@nap-timecreations

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    1. Thanks so much Emily, see you next week!

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  18. This is so adorable!!! Thanks for linking up to Twirl & Take a Bow! Pinning!

    - Brooke -

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  19. featuring this tonight on Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday. Such a clever and cute idea!!

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  20. Seriously fabulous! Featuring you at this weekend's party! THANKS for linkin up to Sunday FUNday!

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  21. Im so glad that I found this on Pinterest! My first is a boy that got hand-me-downs from 3 cousins and now I have a baby girl! I have tons of boy stuff from my son being the last but found us having to buy almost everything for our daughter! Never thought about upcycling the stuff! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Chris. Good luck on your upcycling!

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  22. Wow, this is a very good idea! I've been dressing up my girl with a boy's shirt and never been done refashioning them for my daughter. This will be my next project. So glad you share it with your readers!!!!

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