Tuesday, November 9, 2010

RePurposing Bubbalu's Button-up Shirt For Lil Chick....

I LOVE little boy button-up collared shirts. I have Bubbalu in one almost every Sunday and a few days of the week too. It never fails to make me smile. They make him look like such a cute lil man!

I'm also digging the whole Women's boyfriend shirt thang:

Urban Outfitters

American Eagle


Being that I have a ton of these button-ups of Bubbalu's and this fun women's wear trend....you can pretty much guess what I did, right?

In order for Lil Chick to wear these hand me down shirts of her older brother, they needed some tweaking and embellishing. Some Sassifying, if you will.

First of all, I wanted them to fit her in a bit more feminine style. Most boy shirts are extremely boxy and unshapely. I could have taken in the sides but really didn't feel like measuring and all that jazz. Because I'm slightly lazy.

Enter elastic thread. LOVE THIS STUFF. Use elastic thread in replacement of your bobbin thread and you will have lovely gathered, flexible, fabric scrunching. It's delicious.

Mark off a centered rectangle section on the back of the shirt at the approximate waist area:

Replace your bobbin thread with elastic thread and start sewing.Making sure you bobbin will sew on the UNDERSIDE of the shirt, start on one corner of your marked rectangle and, backtacking first, sew a straight line the entire long side of the rectangle:

When you reach the end of your marked section you'll need to sew a hairpin turn and then sew across making a second line. CLEAR AS MUD?? OK, I'll draw you a picture to show you what I mean:

Start sewing at the red star, end at the green star. VOILA.

You'll end up with a gathered section that looks like this underneath:

That's ALL I DID. Threw it on Lil Chick and snapped some pics.

See how the gathered section adds a girly touch?

Of course I HAD to give her a flower pin:

(Yes, she DOES have two piggy tails, one is just hiding. I'm not trying a new hair fad on her)

This shirt looks great on her with jeans, or leggings and sparkly flats. Love that I can easily repurpose Bubbalu's old shirts into something fun and sassy for my little lady...without spending a cent.

I'm off to sassify some more button-down shirts...


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  1. wow. All i can say is - You are seriously talented and so creative. i love it!

  2. That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Amanda....amazingly talented, lovely and sweet too!!!
    Could you please come over and re-do my wardrobe??

    That little girl is too cute!!!! Can't wait for Christmas!!!!!

  4. Will you be my mom? Or at least teach me lessons in person. I don't even know how to use a machine. ...and I SO want to do this!!

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  6. That is awesome! And so simple. I'll be trying this for my daughter AND for myself!

  7. So simple and so cute! What a great idea.

  8. Glad you got more use out of your son's shirts! Love your daughter's pigtails. :) I did this a couple months ago on a shirt for me but hadn't thought to do it for my daughter's shirts. Oh the possibilities. :)


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