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Another Shirt Dress Refashion


I like thrift shopping. A lot.┬áLast week I was in the little boys department looking for my favorite button-ups (for me) when I found the most adorable button up in greenish-teal plaid. I had to have it. It was a boy’s size 8, which is too small for me, and too big for Penelope. I bought it anyway. It was just too cute. Maybe Penelope will fit into it in 6 years?

After I brought it home, I knew that in 6 years not only would fashion be different, but she’d be dressing herself by then. I had to make it fit her now so I could take advantage of my great thrift find. So, what do I always do? Make it work.

Sorry for the crappy before & during photos. I couldn’t wait for decent lighting to work on the project. Here’s what I did in list form:

  • lay the shirt flat
  • cut out the sleeves
  • lay one of Penelope’s shirts over the new shirt
  • marked the waist & shoulder measurements & cut
  • cut the sleeve to 3″ long on inseam
  • cut a 1″ strip of biased tape – for sleeve hem
  • cut 2 strips out of sleeve remnants for ruffle
  • zig zag stitched edges of ruffle
  • gathered ruffle
  • attached ruffle
  • stitched sides up
  • gathered sleeves
  • sewed sleeves to the shirt
  • sewed biased tape to sleeve hem
  • cut strip of jersey fabric for waist tie
  • zig-zag stitched all seams

This project cost $1 to make & took just under an hour. I would’ve finished it sooner, if Chris hadn’t started watching Lost. Sheesh. I paired her new shirt dress with skinny jeans (Check out Susan’s tutorial on skinnies) and saddle shoes on Friday (below) and then paired the shirt dress with bloomers, leggings and saddle shoes on Sunday (above). I love this color on her so much, but not as much as I love her. Ooo, she’s such a cutie.

Rockin’ the Recession


Two days ago, my sister-in-law and I went to D. I. to search for some new vintage dresses. Shelley truly has the eye for finding sweet stuff! I had a hard time not buying all of the dresses I tried on and this particular dress is just awesome. It’s sheer, flowy and ruffly; perfect for all of the latest summer fashions. One problem, it had bishop sleeves and I have a hard time pulling them off.


In just a few minutes, I chopped the sleeve off and made a short pleated sleeve. I’ve fallen in love all over again with my new summer dress. The best part?!? This entire ensemble was under $15:

Dress: $4 (Deseret Industries)
Belt: $9 (Forever 21)
Shoes: Free (Payless–won them on a giveaway)

sleeve detail

April Showers Bring Flowers

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I’m thoroughly enjoying the recent surge of springy weather we’ve been having and therefore shirking in the blog posting department. :( I’ve had these flowers in my drawing book for some time (since my Idaho weekend), and haven’t scanned them in, thanks to living out of a suitcase.

red flower drawing

Tomorrow Chris and I are heading down to Arizona to spend some time with the Esplin family, and I’m greatly looking forward to crafting with my in-laws, and hopefully get in some painting and drawing time with the sisters-in-law, too.


I think the drawings might make for some interesting paintings. Hopefully I’ll get around to painting soon.

I want a house
[side note: I think I’ve told Chris 99 times today that I’m apartment/house hungry–it especially manifest itself this weekend when I went thrifting with my cousin’s wife, and nearly bought a set of fiberglass chairs for the home I don’t live in. Thanks, Natalie, for oogling over vintage home treasures with me!]
[other side note: I’ve had some stellar luck with some great second-hand finds, I found a cool wool coat for $5 (pictured above) and a metal cafeteria tray for $1 and a stellar stainless steel breadbox for $10–talked down from $12. The breadbox was a particularly awesome find because about 15 minutes later I found another one selling for $50!]
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