With the shirts that are in-style now, I'm finding that the dresses my daughter wears this year, she can wear as tunic-like shirts next year. In fact, this year she wore a 6-12 month dress as a cute ruffled tank top shirt over jean shorts - adorable! I love being able to recycle these for her to wear, because as any mother of a girl knows, we could spend a fortune in the stores buying up all the cute clothes!
Another thing I love is our local resale store, Once Upon a Child. This past week they've had their 50 cent clearance sale, where all clearance items are 50 cents. I bought my cutie pie a few Tommy Hilfiger dresses, a few Ralph Lauren dresses, and then I bought several items I could embellish - plain t-shirts, plain hoodies, etc. This way, I can add my own touch. And, I bought them a size up - this way, they'll be a bit big on her now, but fit her for about a year.
I used iron-on's on this short sleeve hoodie tunic to dress it up a bit. The iron-on's were clearanced at hobby lobby for 82 cents. I also used them on a pair of jeans I got her, but that's for a jeans post later this week.
Before: (haha, ignore the purple shirt underneath it - that's my hillbilly ironing board - a shirt on a wooden chest - because I was being lazy and didn't want to get out the real one ).
And little one in it - please excuse the strange facial expression. This is how she smiles when you say "Smile!" - she's just going through that cheese-mo smile face phase.
Then, she had a disney princess shirt she outgrew - but it was stained near the collar, and so I couldn't give it away. So, I cut out the princess picture, and using heat-n-bond (this is the first time I've ever used it - I LOVE it!) and secured it to another 50 cent shirt, then stitched it to the shirt with clear thread. No pictures of her wearing it - it's a size 4, and she won't be in that for another year or so.
And finally, I used heat-n-bond to secure a "P" I cut out of a pretty fabric I love (I also made a purse out of the fabric here) and then also added a heart out of another fabric I'm in love with. I made sure to cut the heat-n-bond a half inch smaller all around so that there would be room to fray the edges of the "P" and the heart. Wash, dry, and the fray looks awesome! I love her in this ;) The headband is the one I made to match the purse I linked to above - it's the same material as the heart on her shirt, so it matches perfectly! (Here's another monogram shirt, too)
I love the face below - it's like, "guess what I'm about to do..." :)
We love Dora.
Total cost of projects: about $5 for 3 shirts she can wear for over a year. Not bad!
When it's 50 cents, even though I put my own hard work into them, I don't really feel too bad if they get ruined playing. I know someone who just about cries every time their kid comes home with a shirt that has a mark on it - I mean, they're kids! If my kids don't come home from daycare or a friends house with paint or dirt or popsicle all over their shirts, well then I just think they didn't have any fun! Kids are meant to get dirty - it's part of growing up!!
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