How to UPdate a Hand-me-DOWN!
June 17, 2011 by robiedodson
I am a firm believer and enjoyer of hand-me-down clothing, especially for babies! So, I was thrilled when my aunts delivered a HUGE bag of clothing from my cousin’s baby girl. It was a lot of fun going through it all, and I kept most of the pieces just as they were … except for this one:
Yes, this is a cute little pair of overalls. HOWEVER, it's stinking 150 degrees here on the face of the sun, so there's no way I could subject Rosamund to wearing these. Not even for the sake of fashion!
So I transformed them!
Read on…or should I say “view on” for the tutorial on how easy it is to transform a pair of overalls into a darling dress!
Start with your overalls. Duh.
Grab a piece of your favorite scrap fabric that you've been dying for something to use it for! My piece here is roughly about a half yard, maybe 1/3 yard. (You know me, I didn't measure it, who has time for that!)
Before you cut your fabric, cut the legs off the overalls just below the bodice seam. I also cut off the back pockets in case I wanted to reapply them to the new skirt.
Now to cut the fabric - aaah, scary! Simply cut your fabric into two equal rectangles. Sew the sides together. Go ahead and hem the bottom. I just used a simply serged edge. If you don't have a serger, just use a typical hem.
Sew a gathering stitch (it's just the longest stitch on your machine - mine is a 6) all the way across each of the two upper edges. (sorry for the lame photo!)
To join the two pieces, turn your overall piece upside down...
Pull up the gathers on both upper edges and turn the skirt inside out (right sides together)
Tuck the bodice piece inside the skirt piece. Match up the side seams, pin, and sew.
Here's another lame-o photo, but you can see the pins and seam. NOTE: I was too lazy to replace my needle with a heavyweight needle, but I regret it! Since I was sewing onto denim fabric, I highly recommend taking the measely 3 seconds to put in a denim or heavyweight needle!)
But it all worked out nicely. In fact - I love it!
I chose to embellish one of the pockets with an easy flower and covered button. Then I reattached the pocket onto the front. Since little babies spend lots of time on their backs I decided not to put the pockets back there! You're welcome, Rosamund!
I also decided to make a little headband - just cut a strip from the bottom portion of the overalls, and attach elastic at the sides. Oh, and a little covered button adds some pinache.
Now you're ready to play dress-up with your little angel baby! ( If I didn't live in Texas, I'd put a little onsesie underneath the overalls, but goodness gracious - why add to the heat here!)
Now for the breakdown…
Time: If you don’t take the time to remove the pockets, you can do this in about 15-20 minutes. No lie! Removing the pockets takes some time because those puppies are sewn on tight!
Cost: FREE if you use scraps and hand-me-downs! If you purchase, be sure to thrift the overalls so that it’s still inexpensive!
*click here if you’d like to learn how to make those little flowers that I put on the pocket.
That’s all for now. I’m off to work on the City Craft sewing class!