This is another reason I LOVE TO SEW!
Lately I have been challenging myself to do more with what I already have. So I looked into my closet full of clothes, and asked myself "What can be re-used, re-purposed, or re-fashioned?"
Well, after having had two babies, I still have a section in my closet filled with maternity shirts. Since we are not planning on having any more kids any time soon, I decided I could at least transform some of these shirts. My inspiration came from Ashley at Make it and Love it, who has a whole section devoted to re-purposing clothing.
I ended up taking this lovely red cotton knit shirt:
And turning it into a shirt for my little princess:
For the most part, I followed the directions on Ashley's blog. However, I had issues with using the original neckline from the shirt because my daughter is still a toddler, and the sizing is for girls'. If I had been able to keep the original neckline intact, I think the end result would have been a little more pleasing.
The neckline I created (and I do mean CREATED) used binding from the same polka dotted fabric I used for the slightly gathered ruffle on the bottom of the shirt. I also shaped and attached the sleeves myself, and added the decorative trim in the top middle of the shirt.
Though it was some work for me, the whole time I worked on this shirt, I felt so free! I think that freedom came from not following a pattern or instructions, but just following my instinct! Granted, I still like to follow laid out instructions, but this change was refreshing for me.
Here are some more pics of my silly girl:
So, my hope is that you awaken your own creative ability, and do something you never thought you would do before! And in return, I hope you love it just as much as I did!