Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Upcycling Challenge 2018

Hello there!
I know it's been a while but what a better way to feel inspired to post than with a challenge. Candice Ayala, from and Sewing Portfolios launched her Upcycling challenge earlier this month, encouraging creativity through the use of things that we already have at home or from thrift stores. Well, I used both!

I have a few pairs of pants that didn't survive a full year being worn by my son and decided to turn them into shorts for my daughter, but of course I wanted to add a little something to make them new and special. I visited a thrift store in Denton and found a hospital gown that was new for $3.00! It had 4 ties and nice details in the sleeves and neck, plus lots of fabric to work with.

I used The Simple Life Pattern Company's Bella pattern and made it in top length. I cut the ties from the gown to the measurements indicated in the pattern instructions and that was fantastic, I didn't have to make ties!

I also used the sleeve details to add at the hem of the pants that I turned into shorts and used jeans thread to match the rest of the stitching. 

I added some beautiful Art Gallery fabrics I had been hoarding for the skirt portion of the top and the colors coordinated beautifully.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the results, my daughter couldn't be happier to have pretty clothes to play in, every now and then she asks for shorts and a nice top instead of dresses and this outfit definitely fulfills her demands.

I hope you enjoy my entry for the challenge and follow the other entries on instagram through the hashtags  #CAUpcyclingChallenge2018 #MichaelMillerFabrics #MakingitFun #Babylock #BabylockSewing