Thursday, March 25, 2010

Creative Space - refashion

It's been a while since I started & finished a project in a single day. This has mostly been due to a long spell of broken sleep (thanks to some oh-so-slow to appear 2 year molars). It was nice to not get half way through something & then have to balance it on the unfinished projects pile!

Last week Adelaide spotted this singlet at the op shop and asked if I could make a stripey dress for her baby-doll. I gave her the $1 to pay for it as she likes to collect receipts. It was not until we got home I realised the potential of this rather ordinary singlet. It is 100% cotton knit.


I started by snipping a hole in the neckband & threading some elastic around to draw it in.


Then I stitched & cut the sides down like so....



A quick dress that I was pretty pleased with until Addie tried it on to promptly declare "it's got no pockets!" Hmmm, such gratitude.


The reality is though that every outfit has to have at least one pocket to be deemed acceptable. And given all the smalls have a runny nose at the moment (the runny nose that just keeps on giving!) pockets are very handy for storing the hankies in. Then I realised the pieces I had cut off could be used to make some pockets, so I cut them like so:

And stitched them onto the front after a bit of unpicking along the side seams.


I now have a very satisfied little one who keeps muttering "thanks for those pockets"


Now to go and tackle something from the towering unfinished projects pile

or perhaps I'll just grab a cup of tea & check out what others are up to over at kootoyoo.....

51 comments:

Selina said...

That is just super cute!!! Great job! The pockets do just give it that little extra cute factor too, Adelaide is on to something there!

Leah said...

Awesome refashion! I may have to give it a go! Very clever of you.

Cindy said...

Oh...how funny. They are just too damn honest. That great mind of yours fixed it all up though...clever!

Cotton Kiwi said...

What a fantastic refashion. Love it!

Kirsty said...

It's wonderful & I LOVE the addition of the pockets. Excellent refashion.

Becky said...

That is wonderful! I will have to pay more attention while op-shopping now :)

Dee said...

genius! brilliant idea for the neckline...i'm always stumped around that area. such a simple but effective solution. i love it :)

beccasauras said...

It rocks! What spunky chickie she looks now!(with the pockets I mean)

Michelle said...

That is fabulous! Well done (and the pockets look great too)

Leonie Guld said...

AWWW...I LOVE IT!!! Congratulations to you, I would never have thought of that!!

Antoinette said...

Oh my goodness, that was some great ingenuity! Nice drive to zero waste. I like the pockets at an angle, too. I'd love that dress if it were mine!

Cindy said...

I think the pockets are the best addition ever! I love the whole thing - so clever lady

Miss Muggins said...

That is a brilliant refashion, especially love the handy and oh so spiffy pockets

Bek said...

Nice one! I love the idea of threading elastic through the neckline, and those pockets are gold. Lucky Adelaide!

Sarah said...

That's fantatsic! Love it :)

Miss Muggins said...

Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, I am so glad that I have made you think about reading to your little one. I wanted to reply personally to you, but couldn't due to your no reply status. So this is the next best thing!

clare's craftroom said...

You and your young apprentice did a fantastic job !

Gina said...

You're really so great at the refashion thing, Angie. Adorable before the pockets, but totally catwalk after them! Genius.

Nikki Cardigan said...

AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME Angie. What a fabulous refashion. Well done for seeing the potential and makign it happen. And those pockets are perfect.

Now, something just as awesome for you...

Polka Dot Daze said...

That is very clever in deed. I would have never of thought of that!

CC said...

What a funky little dress. Excellent work!

Jo's Place said...

That is just such an adorable dress, love everything about it. Great work!

Alisa : Ink Caravan said...

That is just so groovy!! And super shots to illustrate, what a clever clogs you are! :~D

ps. Hope the snot factory steps down production soon, I sympathise, for a while I thought our 2 year old was single-handedly keeping Kleenex afloat.

Little Snoring said...

Wonderful. What a perfectly cute dress. I wish I could go to the op-shop and find a giant tee shirt for a dollar that I could turn into something as cute as that!

Trudi - Me and Ewe said...

WOW - What more can I say? You are so so clever!

Trudi - Me and Ewe said...

PS - love the pockets.
It is great how the stripes go in a different direction.

Christie said...

Awesome!

Fantastic dress, so, so clever

Michelle said...

Super super impressive Angie! It's so very cute!

Tania said...

INSPIRED! I say! Inspired! And I know more than I would care to admit about that teetering pile thing as well...

Sarah said...

I am impressed!

dillpickle said...

That is so brilliantly clever! I just hope I remember your cleverness next summer so I can refashion a few of my rarely worn singlets for my little munchkin.

Two Tuesdays said...

Gasp! Can I have one too please!

Kitten Muffin said...

Ooh lovely! I did exactly this a few months back for my three year old, drawing the neck in with elastic and cutting down the sides like that, but I never thought to do pockets like that! She's just been wearing them under corduroy pinefores to be comfy. Next one I do will definately have pockets like those. Thanks :)

lost in the triangle said...

that is terrifically fabulous! thank you soooo much for sharing such a lovely idea!

mon ami said...

i LOVE this! Those opposing striped pockets are awesome. I've been wrestling with turning a long sleeved thermal adult sized shirt into a pair of leggings and a dress for my daughter. Your process looks like it went much more smoothly than mine;)

thanks for sharing!

Kate said...

That is just the cutest! Great work mama!

Marina said...

How clever, love it!

Hiskia said...

it is so nice & suits her so well!!

Stephanie and Carlos said...

That is the most striking refashioning.. Pumpkin Patch beat that!!!

xo Steph

hanna said...

This is great :) The pockets are very cool!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Very sweet ! Love the pockets .

Melanie said...

Cute cute cute! Such a pity I don't have a similar top in my wardrobe, my daughter would *love* this (especially the pockets!)

beki said...

Fabulous!!

Mel said...

I thought this was super without the pockets but the addition of them sent it into another dimension of awesome! Really super. Going in search of t-shirts now ..

Pam said...

Wow, that's so creative! Well done! :) Just loving it!

Liesl said...

That's really clever! I particularly love the pockets you have added (and am laughing because when I made my first ever garment - PJs for my eldest - he looked everywhere sadly ... for the pockets!)

Rachel R. said...

Beautiful!

Was Addie disappointed that her dolly didn't get a dress?

Widge said...

Incredible!! well done :)

Hannah said...

A very clever idea! Thanks for the inspiration. I'll give it a go.

Sew Flippin Cool said...

I love this idea! I've posted it on my blog, The Handmade Experiment in a Must Make Monday post - http://wp.me/pkcUM-DO

Mama G said...

That is an awesome refashion. The pockets really make it.

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