New Year’s Resolution

21 Jan

My goal this year, instead of losing 20 pounds or running a marathon, is to hand-make all of my daughters’ clothing.

They currently have clothes, some they received from Christmas gifts and others they have had for a while. Many of the clothes are almost too small for them and instead of going out to Target and browsing through the 75% off rack, thrifting, or even getting suckered into stepping into Gymboree (my favorite children’s clothing store, minus the prices), I will be sewing them.

For the past month or so I have been working on taking some of the shirts I’m sick of and transforming them into clothes for my oldest daughter. I am no seamstress but I am starting small and building my skills with lots of practice. Hopefully we can all develop our abilities and make some cute clothes along the way.

Here is a dress I made from a shirt that I really didn’t wear that much. It was pretty tight on me and was just taking up room in my closet. The shirt has a deep, earthy green that I thought would look amazing with my daughter’s blinding orange hair.

Cut off the sleeves, leaving about 1/2 an inch after the shoulder seam

Fold the extra sleeve fabric under and zigzag stitch all the way around.


Fold shirt inside-out then place the correct size dress on the top and pin around edges

cut off the excess fabric and you are set to go

The head band is simply one of the sleeves and the tie around her waist is the extra fabric from the bottom of my shirt


7 Responses to “New Year’s Resolution”

  1. Cheri January 22, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    Sew cute! Looking forward to seeing what other clothes you create – I need some inspiration to get busy and start sewing for our Sadie (she is 7 months old already!).

    Hope you are keeping warm…

  2. bb January 22, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    Nice dress. So cute with her red curly hair. Although, I think music for the pictures would be nice to go with all that fancy footwork.:)

  3. Courtney January 22, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    CUTE!!! Do you make big people dresses yet? Because I want one… 🙂

  4. Larisa January 22, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” Each of us has our own particular talent or ability. I’m glad you found your greatness. Keep up the good work, Caitlyn! The dress looks really cute on Aleah and the headband completes the outfit!

  5. Becky January 22, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    That is brilliant! I love a thrifty creation. And I love the dancing, twirling, jumping, active little girl. She is growing up so fast!

  6. Tonia January 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    Ahhhhhh she is sooooo adorable!!!!! What a great project!!! I want to feature it on my blog!!!! You’re cool.

  7. myhammockplace January 25, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    AMAZING CAITLYN!!! SO CREATIVE! And I LOVE your blog… it looks WONDERFUL! Keep it up… And little Aleah is just so cute! I’m going to have to come… what are you guys doing the third week/weekend of February… like 17-23rd? I WANT TO COME!

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