Sunday, May 5, 2013

Upcycled Maternity Clothes

I was backing up my photos and realized I never did a blog post for one of my recent sewing endeavors. So of course, I had to rectify that.

One of my favorite items of clothing is a dark brown skirt with a fold-over waist. It's super comfy. I've had it so long that I have no idea where it came from. But I've also never found another one like it that wasn't more than I was willing to spend. So I decided to make another one myself. I found a few tutorials on how to make a fold-over waist (mostly yoga pants) and used the brown skirt as a pattern. I used a light grey jersey sheet that wasn't being used (jersey sheet, king-size bed? no. just no.)
The waistband
The skirt
I pretty much just used my serger for all the seams. Here's a little tip, though. Pay attention to which direction is really "out". I ended up serging the two pieces together on the wrong side. Since it doesn't show when it's folded over, I just left it. Yeah, I'm that lazy.


(This is what I accomplish when I'm supposed to be putting away all that laundry in the background.)

I also had a very light blue jersey sheet that I used for a sew along with another friend. We chose this tutorial to try out.

First, wait until the toddler is in bed. It makes things a lot easier.


I decided to add a little ruffle to the bottom.

Um...no. Definitely not. Way too much like an old fashioned nightgown for me. I tried a few things to it, but it just wasn't going to work. My friend's looked really good on her (she made hers in a bright red fabric). Maybe it's because I'm so short, who knows. (I guess my sewing coincides with laundry more than I realized.)

I ended up cutting off the top and making another fold-over waist. I also decided to go with a dark green dye. I love dyeing stuff. It's so easy and gives your items a whole new look. We have a front load washer so my method of choice is a big metal bowl in the kitchen sink.

After the first dye bath & washing, I wasn't quite sure what had happened, but I wasn't expecting this.

After a second dye bath & washing, the color was much better. More of a gradient/flowy coloring. I'm much happier with how it turned out after the second round. The pic of me wearing it is much truer to color. I'm not sure why the other photo is so light. Our comforter is actually navy blue.

Since they are not only soft and comfy, but light, I can definitely see them getting a lot of use this summer.In fact, I brought both on our recent vacation and I'm seriously in love. Another great thing is that I'll be able to continue using them after I've had these babies. Win-win in my book.