This week, I am going to write a series of tutorials on how to recycle / refashion an outgrown jeans dress and sewn it into into 4-piece kid’s clothing + accessories. Each recycle denim dress tutorial will illustrate how I convert the salvaged materials from the denim dress and turn them into a totally new design of clothing.
Recycle Denim Dress Into:
Denim Vest With Ruffled Edge
At first, the unbutton top is still kinda tight for her to get her upper arm move freely especially when she needs to lean forward to get something in front. I decided to take out the sleeves and make the top to a vest, this will free her upper arm movement from being restricted by the tight sleeves. The collar is another problem, so I took that off as well.
Click here for the tutorial.
Below is an old photo when she was just 4 year-old and wearing the denim drop waist dress I love so much. The dress looked just nice on her during that time, but this didn’t hold long until she hit the rapid growing stage, booommm… she outgrown it a few months later. She complained that after wearing the dress she is “breathless” and her shoulder + upper arms were like paralyzed due to the restriction of the upper portion of the dress. Since then she refused to wear it. I love seeing her wearing it and reluctant to give it away which I usually do for her outgrown clothing, so, I let the dress sit in her wardrobe until recently….
When I inspect the dress closely, I found that I can split it to 2 parts and make it to a top plus a skirt instead. I took up the courage of believing myself that I can do a good job on it…. grabbed my seam ripper to rip all the stitches along the waist line and turn it to the following clothing and accessories few days later. I am very happy with this recycle denim dress result and so does my daughter 🙂
Here she is, 8, wearing her modified 4 years old clothing. Amazing?
Stay tuned for the rest of the tutorials 🙂