My daughter had several t-shirts from Target that she never wore. Now they are out of season and will be too small to wear next summer. I decided though, to upcycle them for her doll, Jessica. I kept a few other t-shirts that were well worn also just in case I needed a little bit of knit fabric for embellishments.
These are some of the t-shirts I had to choose from. One great thing about using children's t-shirts is that you already have several finished hems and seams to use. Less work = more time = more goodies!
Below you can see that I was able to make a full short-sleeved t-shirt and a skirt from just one 5-T top. The pattern I used is from the Scientific Seamstress and you can find it here. She has other great patterns that I can't wait to try out.
As you can see, her pattern uses finished hems, which she shows you how to quickly make if you are using regular, unsewn knit fabric. However, I just made use of what I had. I deconstructed the top, and kept the ruffled pieces for later. Since the top only has one hem to utilize, I chose to use it for the doll skirt and sleeves. I just added length to the bottom of the doll top pieces and hemmed them separately.
I loved the little flower on the 5-T top, so I cut it out and sewed it on to the doll skirt I made from the same top. The lime-green stitching at the bottom along with the flower is so cute! I don't think it shows up too much in the photo, but this little top was worn often by my daughter! But, it has a new home and use and she loves it just the same. So, don't overlook the gently used clothing you may already have to work with.
I added some trim to this little pink skirt and this little outfit actually went to my daughter's best friend for Christmas.
Another little skirt for Jessica...
The pink t-shirt had the sweetest little sleeves so I cut those out carefully and used them for doll sleeves.
Out of three t-shirts, I was able to make three skirts and two tops in just a few hours. Hopefully soon, I will have time to use the yellow and green t-shirts to whip up a few more outfits.
I hope you enjoyed visiting today. Maybe this post has inspired you to upcycle some of your clothing into "new" fun things! I'll be back soon to show you a quick method to make a doll skirt.Pin It