Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sewing for Mara

On Friday I was working at going through stuff and cleaning in my office and as I was going through a couple of boxes of old t-shirts that I had saved to use sometime I decided to get to work and use some of them right then.
I found one large old t-shirt in a medium blue and decided to make Mara some leggings as I had been wanting to do all winter. I grabbed a pair of her jeans, laid them on for a pattern and started cutting.
I had decided to use the hem of the t-shirt for the hem of these capri length leggings.
I would have loved to avoid side seams altogether but there where too many holes in the shirt that I was trying to avoid so that didn't work. I sewed up the side seams and noticed there was still a hole that didn't get missed. What to do?
How about a band of fabric to make a stripe? Works for me!

I then sewed up the seams in the front and back of the leggings and then the inseam. Next I put some elastic around the top and they were all done! But... what skirt would she wear them with? The stripe made them not quite so matchable.

Well I had all these t-shirts:
Maybe I should make a skirt too.

 So after a bit of cutting and figuring I did.

I had quite a bit of fun making it. It was quite simple using a couple of different navy blue t-shirts and the rest of the striped t-shirt.                                                                            

I decided to make a scarf too. I turned out a little funky but that's okay. I had lots of fun, Mara  likes it and the outfit didn't cost us a cent, was quite fast to make and used up some otherwise rejected old clothes.

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The Little Red Shop said...

What a sweet project! It's probably pretty comfy too!

: )

Julie M.

Pat Harris said...

Oh my gosh, that is so cute!! Very creative! I have to send the link to my daughter. My granddaughter would love this. You did good girl.

Thank you for visiting junkblossoms. I hope you'll visit again soon. Pat.

Miriam said...

Adorable and frugal! My favorite kind of sewing project.

Nola said...

That is great! I've learned a lot about how to use up stuff from your blog. I really love to read about that here. You inspired me...this past weekend I was borrowing a sewing machine from a friend who is away (since mine is so old it gives me issues every few minutes) and I remade some curtains so that they'd work for my daughter's room. I bought them for 50 cents second hand, but they were too big. They also let too much light in. I hadn't used them yet, and her room had no curtains (at the back of the house, with trees, but this time of year, its so sunny). Anyways I remade them, using an old sheet with a hole in it to line the back of them. Cost was 50 cents plus some thread leftover from something else. The sheets had originally been free hand me downs. They aren't perfect (still learning) but they work well and she loves them.

martha said...

well, you have a beautiful girl! The new outfit turned out cute too. Pretty fun recycling. :)

Jackie said...

What a great project. I love how you reuse so many things. It looks like your daughter loves her new outfit. Great job!

Abbi said...

Thanks everybody! I love to hear about the repurposing projects you are doing too!


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