How to make New Clothes from Old, sewing for Granddaughter

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After about a 25 year absence I decided to return to sewing. I also wanted to incorporate my frugal ways into this craft. Luckily I have a young one to sew for, and she is not going to see my crude beginnings and know how many times I have corrected an error. I have learned that if you put enough swing into the skirt, a 5-year-old loves it! I started with these items, yes items, not material. I used existing clothes to make "new" clothes. It is easy and I must say the price is right.

This ladies' skirt, was used to make this.......

Denim full skirt with detailed hem.

This ladies blouse was used to make this........

Little wrap skirt to wear over leggings.

This woman's blouse was used to make this.......

Broomstick style skirt.

It is easy to make these, you simply cut off the top of what you don't need, sew a casing, add elastic and a top closure and you are done. The best thing for the top closure is a very large snap set, something about 1/2 inch in size. The hem of the blouse or skirt you are using is already in place, so the only actual sewing is the casing and the top snap closure.

Here is a quick tutorial.

1. Measure the length from the child's waist to where you want the bottom of the hem to be. That length is what you will work with.

Cut off the top of the blouse, directly under the sleeves.

Set aside the upper part of the blouse, then if you live in this house, you will also need to remind the cat that you have work to do, and cannot play right now.

Fold the cut edge down to make a casing. The casing will not be this large, but it is better to cut the blouse into as long a piece as is possible. You can always cut again, you cannot put the material back. You will fold and measure to make sure the top of the casing and the bottom of the shirt hem are as long as you need/want for your finished skirt.

Remeasure to ensure the length is correct. Sew a one-inch casing and trim excess material.

You should be able to lay the skirt (before threading elastic in the casing) flat and visually it will look correct.

Thread elastic through the casing, close ends. Add a snap at the top of the waist, and a decorative button and it is done.

For the denim skirt, I cut off about 6 inches of the top of the original skirt, including the zipper. I wanted all of the bulk so that the new skirt would have a lot of "swing" to it. Created the casing, threaded the elastic and finished the waist. Then to jazz up the bottom, I cut 1-inch diagonal cuts, washed the skirt to fringe out the cuts and then added decorative buttons.

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  1. How cute! And how smart of you to re-purpose old clothing.

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    Have a great day!

  3. That is a wonderful tutorial - and I love how your cute cat "helped" you too :-)

  4. Super cute!! I know my 5 year old would love the skirts!

  5. Great idea! I wish I had a little girl. I don't think my 7 year old boy would like the skirts so much. I'm always thinking about how I can re-purprose non-usable clothing into something else usable. I might have to make a friend's daughter a skirt or two.

  6. I miss sewing, but I no longer have my machine. I gave it away when I moved. I know. Bad decision!

    Happy Blue Monday.

  7. I do not have the time for sewing also it has been a while since my last sewing. I make a curtains last hope one day i will get back to that. Happy sharing of blue Monday stuff.

  8. Oh I love this. I love repurposing. I have made aprons out of other clothing. I have a grandaughter almost big enough. I will have to visit you often. I love your blog. Thanks for sharing this. Come see my blue post. I'll be back.
    Enjoy sewing.

  9. I have a 4 year old granddaughter and bookmarked this post. Thanks for the great tutorial. Happy Blue Monday.


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