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Fashions by Lizzy — Shirt to Skirt Remake

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Lizzy (age 11) woke up this morning wanting to create. Her best friend received a sewing machine for her birthday and they’ve decided they’re going to be fashion designers.

I’m a beginner seamstress (I shouldn’t even use the word ‘I’ and ‘seamstress’ in the same sentence), so I was reluctant to let her play with my machine as I’m not really in a position to teach her anything. I reluctantly (because who am I to stand in the way of an artist?) told her she could find some old clothing and cut it up and use the fabric to make something.

Truthfully, I expected nothing but a messy dining room (that is where the sewing machine lives).

this shirt is now a ...

She chose the shirt she is wearing in the picture above. It was a smock style shirt with two front pockets. Sadly, I didn’t bother taking any photos of the process. I didn’t expect the wonderful outcome.

She cut the shirt straight across right under the arm holes, folded it over and sewed in a waist band. Then she salvaged a piece of elastic from an old pair of jeans, measured Georgia’s waist, put the elastic in, closed up the waist band and …

shirt to skirt remake

tada –> a super cute skirt that fits Georgia just right.

My only contribution was threading the sewing machine and then forcing her to iron the seam before she started sewing.

Obviously, I made no contribution to Georgia’s ensemble at all. She is totally responsible for the stripes/plaid/rubber boots combo. As long as there is pink, they match.

MK xo
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Disclaimer: One shirt was cut and killed in the making of this post (and skirt).

23 comments… add one

  • Naomi July 26, 2010, 2:15 pm

    I love it! She is poised to be supercrafty, like her mama!

  • MommyKnows July 26, 2010, 2:52 pm

    @Naomi, You are too kind! Funnily enough, until this blog I’ve never thought of myself as crafty at all. Well maybe in the sneaky way.

  • Antof9 July 26, 2010, 2:19 pm

    I’m seriously blown away by the brilliance of this project! Genius. And the model looks fab in it. It’s a wonderful ensemble — stripes, plaid, and all. The wellies tie it all together :)

  • MommyKnows July 26, 2010, 2:55 pm

    @Antof9, Thanks Ant! I was really impressed as well. She did a great job. Georgia loves the skirt. FREE clothes, I like that.

  • Pauline July 26, 2010, 2:33 pm

    Fabulous! So well done Lizzie.
    I think the outfit is superb! Georgia doesn’t look too happy though; why?

  • MommyKnows July 26, 2010, 2:57 pm

    @Pauline, Thanks Paul. The outfit is very Georgia. I’ve learned to pick my battles.

    I must have just caught her in the wrong second. She was actually quite cooperative and loving her skirt.

  • Susan Knight July 26, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Fun Fun Fun!! I am pretty darn impressed!I can barely draw a straight line with a ruler never mind visualize a shirt as a skirt!

  • MommyKnows July 26, 2010, 2:57 pm

    @Susan Knight, Thanks Susan! Thank you for stopping by.

  • Ashley July 26, 2010, 4:18 pm

    Great job! She’s officially trumped anything I could sew, I have a lead foot and can’t seem to manage to slow down enough to sew a straight seam. So if I can’t glue it, pin it or staple it I leave it to my mother :)

    I had to laugh at Georgia’s face, she looks “impressed” with the experience!

  • debbie July 27, 2010, 6:42 am

    How fun! And good for you for letting her try (and mess up a little) on her way to success.

  • MommyKnows July 29, 2010, 8:46 pm

    @debbie, Thanks Debbie!

  • Jeremy July 27, 2010, 7:28 am

    Lizzy is such wonder child and a budding fashionista…my 12-year daughter also loves to sew dresses for her doll. We also get surprised for what our kids wonderfully crafted..:)

  • Maya July 27, 2010, 12:58 pm

    Looks like you’ve got a designer on your hands. Sounds like a fun day. I don’t even think I can do this, and I’m much older. Impressive that you let her try. Such a scary thought! :P Wonderful outcome though. Very nice.

  • MommyKnows July 29, 2010, 8:45 pm

    @Maya, Thanks Maya, and thank you for stopping by.

  • TessaM July 27, 2010, 10:22 pm

    I am blown away that she was able to think of that at her age, much less execute it. I see a definite career in fashion design for her! I couldn’t figure that out now if I was brainstorming ways to clothe myself or go fashion-less! And the ensemble is truly cute! I have a grand daughter that went through the “anything pink” phase. Now she has moved on to purple!

  • MommyKnows July 29, 2010, 8:43 pm

    @TessaM, Thanks for stopping by Tessa! She did a great job.

  • Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) July 27, 2010, 11:18 pm

    GREAT job!!! That is fantastic. :) Way to go Mom for letting her do it. :)

  • MommyKnows July 29, 2010, 8:43 pm
  • Sean July 29, 2010, 10:48 pm

    i’ve got nothing to say but this kid is awesome!at her tender age she knows how to recycle and she’s really creative!greatwork girl!

  • MommyKnows July 30, 2010, 8:48 pm

    @Sean, Thanks Sean. I think she’s awesome, but I am partial :)

  • Michael August 19, 2010, 1:02 pm

    Wow, she is really talented, and hopefully when she becomes a teenager you can just have her shop at a thrift store to make her own clothes instead of fancy department stores.

  • Jennifer August 23, 2010, 10:54 pm

    I think the kid is really gifted. I love her work. And we all know that recycling is good .I am impressed.

  • MommyKnows August 27, 2010, 6:09 pm

    @Jennifer, Thanks Jennifer!

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