Saturday, June 10, 2017
Kitty's "new" (upcycled) clothes
Yes, it's the easiest upcycle ever that has been done to death. I am just not that comfortable sewing on knit fabric to do anything more daring yet.
I'm new to this!
All photos were lovingly taken by Kitty my granddaughter that I have raised since birth. She turns 14 this month. (she calls me mom) She is Elizabeth's birth sister, who I've also raised since birth. Aren't I blessed!!!
A week or so ago the girls saw me making a huge pile of clothes on my bed. I was so excited to start sewing for myself and to start upcycling unworn clothes for myself.
Usually a pile on my bed means donations. But no more. I'm on a very tight budget now. So I have to make do!
The girls (13,14 &16) then ran to look at their clothes to see what they wanted upcycled!
Only brave Kitty returned with- 1 pair of black leggings,(I was unable to do anything with the black leggings- the knit was too tight) 1 navy turtleneck, 3 Tshirts, and 1 black skirt. (I was truly not excited at the prospects! LOL!)
Yesterday Faith asked if I'd remove the pockets from her cargo shorts. I guess no matter how small that's an upcycle too! :o)
(she has a fascination with Steve Irwin/Australia so her wardrobe is polo shirts and cargo shorts)
A few gathering threads are still "attached" here. I just snipped it clean, but no one looks under here so I get a little lazy.
So I tell them to buy me 2 yards of fabric, beads, fancy buttons, or things I need to sew. It's fun to see what they bring back. ;o)
The lady who cut the fabric asked Kitty what she was making. Kitty said it was for my birthday for me and she didn't know. The lady told her she made a good choice, she really liked it too! Later when Kitty was choosing fabrics for her upcycles I noticed she has a great eye for color, even better than me!
Well the fabric ended up being used for Kitty. Which made me very happy too.
When I cut the skirt fabric, I just hold the fabric up to the Tshirt and cut a piece one and a half the width of the bottom of the Tshirt. So that is one piece cut off of the fabric. Then I cut straight across the fold line (center) for a front and back.
You can still see the stretch they have here.
You can see the dress waist falls exactly where Kitty wants it now.
I had planned on these being tunics, but I just didn't want to cut off more fabric. I like using it up. That's why I trimmed these sleeves in floral rather than green dot.
I scattered the left over cat squares. The upper half of the skirt looked "bare" but looks fine on. I wondered what top Kitty would pair with it. And she surprised me once again- her eye for fashion-
I did not want to cut into the turtleneck, I'm not that brave yet. They teens bought me some really awful beads from Walmart. The gold and silver flakes off. (they didn't know) So I wanted to use them up. I beaded the sleeve ends and around the front collar and a zig zag of them across the bottom. She loves it and it goes great with the skirt.
Left is the real cat, her name is Violet. She is a Sphynx cat. And she is very naughty. but oh boy do we love her! LOL!
I'm taking a 2 week break for family time! Its summer and we are off for adventure!!
Happy Sewing!! (((HUGS))) God Bless!
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