Repurpose Last Year’s Clothes (and a winner!)

Good morning!! The giveaway for the fabric and extras needed to make the Playtime Pocket Dress has ended and we have a winner! Random.org randomly chose comment number 10 which was Jenny! I’ll be sending you an email today!! :)

Last week I was going through Lainey’s closet and taking out things that I knew wouldn’t fit her this Spring. One of the things I came across was this H&M dress from last year. It was inexpensive and served it’s purpose last summer but instead of tossing it or donating it or getting $1 for it at a resale I decided to repurpose it into something she could wear again!!

Repurpose last year's clothes

Making this dress into a skirt was super simple and took me all of 10 minutes to do. I started by putting the dress on her (without putting her arms in) and deciding how long to make it. I then laid out the dress and drew a straight line across where I wanted to cut. (I cut above the ruler)

Repurpose last year's clothes

Then I folded down the top about an inch (because I was using 3/4 inch elastic, you would fold down bigger or smaller depending on what width elastic you have) and pinned.

Repurpose last year's clothes

Once I had pinned all the way around I sewed almost all the way around. You want to make sure to leave about an inch or two open for you to slide in the elastic. Take your elastic and measure around your daughter deciding how long you need it. Then pin a safety pin to the end of your elastic and slide it into the opening and work it all the way around the skirt.

Repurpose last year's clothes

Once you have it all the way through sew the two ends of the elastic together like this.

Repurpose last year's clothes

Then just sew that opening you left for the elastic closed and you’re done!! Now to be honest I should have cut the dress much higher up and made that elastic casing nicer by folding down the fabric twice before sewing so I wouldn’t have a raw edge. But I wasn’t going for professional here, just quick and easy. Plus I wanted to save enough of this piece to possibly do something fun with it later! ;)

Repurpose last year's clothes

Lainey lost another tooth since her last photo shoot. I love her toothless smile :)

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6 Comments on Repurpose Last Year’s Clothes (and a winner!)

  1. Amy
    March 13, 2014 at 2:02 pm (8 months ago)

    Smart idea!!! This look pretty simple and I love the idea of recycling it!

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  2. Jen
    March 23, 2014 at 9:02 am (7 months ago)

    What a fantastic idea. Thank you so much. What a great way to save money and get more wear out of my daughter’s favourite dresses.

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  3. sameeha
    March 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm (7 months ago)

    Love your idea!!!

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  4. Maryann
    March 23, 2014 at 6:38 pm (7 months ago)

    Use the top to make an easy t-shirt dress! I am now looking forward to going through my daughter’s closet!

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  5. Stacey
    March 24, 2014 at 6:43 am (7 months ago)

    I love this! It is so nice to get an extra year out of some children’s clothes especially when they grow so fast.

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  6. Fernanda
    March 24, 2014 at 7:21 am (7 months ago)

    Great idea!

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