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Simple Summer Stuff - 2012 edition

It's that time of year again. My oldest daughter needs shorts and tops! A few months ago I emptied a box of clothes that I had in storage. They were clothes that I wore after having babies, before I was back to my usual size. I don't need them anymore, so some were donated and some were converted into clothes for my daughter.


Both t-shirt and shorts made from two old tops.


The picot elastic from stash was a good match.


Two more tops cut up and re-purposed here. I used fold-over elastic around the neck and sleeve hems. The striped fabric is so stretchy that I had to staystitch the neck edge before applying the elastic. Then it had just the right amount of stretch to get the elastic on. After it was applied, I removed the staystitching (it's probably not actually staystitching then, is it?)


And, then a different style top also made from an old top of mine. This is Ottobre 3-2012-17, a knit top with ruffled sleeves. Those sleeve ruffles are gathered with clear elastic and even though it looks fine from the outside, it was a mess getting it together. The fabric is another very stretchy rib, which I find challenging to work with.


I don't have a rolled hem option on my serger, so I created a lettuce edge with a zigzag stitch on the sewing machine (explained more here).


I'm not very excited about the shorts. It was stash fabric and matches okay enough, but the print (butterflies and flowers) is largely indiscernible.

I'd still like to make her a sundress, but that isn't as urgent as these outfits were. Bring on the summer!


  1. I bet she loves the flutter sleeve t-shirt. It's so cute and girly! My daughters would definitely like that sort of thing.


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