This week, I am going to write a series of tutorials on how to refashion old clothes. I have converted an outgrown jeans dress and sewn it into 4-piece kid’s clothing + accessories.
Each refashions tutorial on the denim dress will illustrate how I convert the salvaged materials from the denim dress and turn them into a totally new design of clothing.
Below is an old photo of 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 growth stage, boom… she has outgrown it a few months later.
She complained that after wearing the dress, she was “breathless” and her shoulder + upper arms were paralyzed due to the restriction of the upper portion of the dress. Since then, she has refused to wear it. I love seeing her wearing it and am 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 inspected the dress closely, I found that I could split it into 2 parts and make it into a top plus a skirt instead. I took up the courage to believe that I could do a good job on it…. grabbed my seam ripper to rip all the stitches along the waistline, and turned it into the following clothing and accessories a few days later. I am very happy with this recycled denim dress result, and so does my daughter 🙂
Here she is, 8, wearing her refashioned 4 years old clothing. Amazing?
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Recycle Denim Dress Into:
At first, the unbuttoned top is still kinda tight for her to get her upper arm to 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 into 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.
The skirt is big enough for my daughter to wear since it was from a drop waist construction. The drop-waist line now becomes her waistline.
I then salvaged the hem of the skirt and made it into a reversible belt.
By using one of the sleeves, I made a rosette brooch.