So, last weekend was the annual Milham neighborhood garage sales, and I just absolutely could not resist stopping by and picking up some oh-so-cheap clothes to upcycle. I am pretty sure other people have the same problem as I do when fitting their children with clothes. Emma is so petite and is just growing out of 12-18 months clothing, in the length that is. She is also obsessed with fish, and I found this cute fishy shirt in a 2T. Of course it was too big to wear as a shirt, so I turned it into this:
Start with a cute but big shirt
Cut off the top, just below the armpits
Cut off the neckline and sleeves (I'm saving the sleeves to dissect later, so I can teach myself how to sew sleeves, plus I can use them for a pattern).
Cut what is left into two strips to use as the waist band (now probably isn't the time to admit it but, I had no idea what I was doing when I started this project, which I am ok with because I generally have no idea how to sew and just end up going with the flow), then sew them together.
Sew a gathering stitch along one side, you could do both sides, but Emma's butt kinda sticks out and skirts always end up short on the backside, so I decided this might help give the appearance of extra length in the back..... And for once it worked in my favor.
Now, put right sides together and sew. Since this was a knit shirt I think I was supposed to use a special needle, but i didn't. I believe you should also use some sort of stretch stitch, but I didn't do that either. Regular needle, straight stitch.... it worked for me this time.
Once you've got that together, you could probably leave it, but I wanted to make folded waist band, so I folded it over and pinned again and sewed another straight stitch with a regular needle
Its also good to try to take pictures without cutting off your kid's head..... what can I say, I don't do anything the way you're supposed to :)
MMMMMM peanut butter sandwich!