What I have here isn’t exactly a tutorial but more of a post to inspire you to try to create and experiment.
Here I have an older dress that I used to to make something cute for my girl Reagan. Things take a turn!
When I am working on an upcycle I like to measure the old item with a current item so I know about the length and shape I want to create.
I cut off the sleeves and cut slits down the sides so that I can take in the garment. For this piece I also removed all the outer pockets and little embellishments because they were too big for what I had in mind.
Next I cut a strip of elastic so that I can add it to the waist line of the garment.
To create a casing for the waistline, I folded the garment down and sewed along the fold to create the bottom part of the casing.
Next I sewed about an inch above the first seam along the fold to complete the casing. Then I threaded the elastic through the casing and sewed it shut.
Now here is where things go wonky. I wanted to cut off some length at the bottom and I don’t know what exactly happened, except that I cut too much! It happens, but I wasn’t going to let my efforts go to waist. All was not lost, instead of dress, I will now make a romper.
I never made a romper before, but that didn’t stop me. There is no pressure for perfection here. After I hemmed up the edges, I took a pair of shorts and measured about how big the leg holes need to be and marked it with Washi tape. Then I just sewed the middle section together to make a crotch for the romper. This is not how a pattern would work, but it’s going to work here.
It’s also good to have little trims and trappings on hand to add a little flare and take away from the imperfections of your upcycled garment. I added some pom pom trim to the hem of the shorts as well.
Wallah! Wait that’s not the same girl! Nope. It was just a smidge too tight for my 5 year old, but perfect for my 2 year old’s diaper butt! So you see, things go wayward but can still turn out cute. It helps to have 3 little girls in varying sizes to experiment with. 😉
I hope this inspired you to at least try and not get too hung up on perfection but enjoy the process and learn as you go!
I begin with an idea, and then it becomes something else.
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