It was a lovely weekend of nothing but warmth and sunshine, while it seemed I spent most of my time outdoors I did complete a couple of upcycled outfits for the little one and made a few miniscule changes inside.
It all started when my neighbor passed on some of her son’s clothes that he either refused to wear or had outgrown. She knew I would be upset if she tossed them. I found several items that were small enough for my grandson and some jeans that would be of no use at the thrift store because of tears or stains. Several items were donated leaving me with 3 tops (and the jeans I want to use later). Two of the tops I thought would look nice on my granddaughter with a little tweaking.. The above was the first one I decided to work on. Having no pattern, but a top she just outgrew I made my pattern. The shirt was a boys size 12 which I was trying to reduce to a little girls size 6.
You can see the difference in the sizes above. I cut the shirt a little wider than her old top, when I had each side cut, I folded the newly cut fabric in half to make sure each side was cut the same.
As I had left the bottom hem in place all I had to do was sew around the arm holes, up the sides and then the shoulders as I couldn’t use the original shoulders due to how low the buttons were in the front. I still have some leftover fabric pieces I can add to the scrap box, I gave it to her this afternoon much to her delight.
She was so happy she asked if I could make her a dress now. I had another shirt, again a size 12. This was a cotton button down dress shirt. Since she was here, I decided to put it on her and carefully pin it to fit. I wanted it a little baggy as she told me she would wear it with her pink belt. It all happened so fast I forgot to take a picture of the shirt before I began. But here she is modeling her new dress, after making sure it fit I then went back and sewed up the button area leaving only the top two buttons functional, you can’t let a little one inadvertently show off too much leg, or worse.
If you are looking to make clothes from items you have around the house you may be interested in this post which will give you directions on how to make flip-flops from a yoga mat, fingerless gloves made from socks no sewing needed, child’s apron from a place mat, skirt from a bed sheet and so many more. Of course if you have teens you may be interested in this tutorial on how to alter jeans found at a thrift shop to suit their tastes by Lili, can you believe she found 99 cent jeans?
Around the house I tweaked a few things. I have this wooden box I adore. I’ve had it for years because it speaks to me, complementing my personality perfectly. The box and the pewter design were made at Wendell August Forge, a business an hour away (yes not only made in the USA, but in my state). They make everything from bookmarks to dishes and furniture. They are best known for having made gifts for several Presidents of the US.
I kept this on my counter top since I moved here to hold the items I use most often in the kitchen. But I needed a change. It went from the kitchen to the stand next to the futon and now holds a plant and some special rocks the grandchildren and I have collected.
Not only is the box made here in PA but the bowl I am using as a planter was made 6 miles from my home by a local pottery business, Campbell Pottery. This was actually a soup tureen, but it was never functional for me to keep soup in. I like to keep soup warm and the slow cooker is my go-to appliance for making soups for a crowd.
So you may ask what now corrals my kitchen mess? Do you remember the coke crate I found left out by a neighbor who was moving?
While in the picture you could see some of the lettering, in person it was only visible up close and in the proper lighting. So while painting the bird feeder last week I gave it a coat of paint to match the rest of the house.
How was your weekend?