31 March 2010

Scrap Fabric + Orange Dye + T-shirt Alteration = Unique new outfits!

It started with this fabric.  Middle Sister has been asking me for almost a year to make her a skirt out of this fabric.  So now that my skirt like this is faded and rather everyday I finally pulled out my scraps and made, not one but two little skirts out of it.  They were a hit.  Both of my 'little' girls were excited.  Since I used orange twill trim to finish the bottom of the skirts I wanted orange shirts.  Thought I would pick some up in town sometime.  Then I saw this on Lorajean's blog.  Inspiration struck!  I wanted some ruffle t's for my girls.  I wanted them to be orange.
Enter a pack of boys t-shirts.  Plain white basic t's.  They came in a pack of 6.  I needed 3.

I am so in love with RIT dye.  Thanks to Kara for the info about all the colors you can order from them.  I used 'tangerine'.  You can also go to the RIT website and find their chart for custom colors.  The possibilites are almost endless.  More than I could ever exhaust!
Voila!  Now I had 3 ORANGE t-shirts:)  Time to alter - make them girly!
Enter scissors.

Cut off ribbing around neck.
Cut off sleeve hem.

The thread used on these t's is not cotton - therefore it does not dye.  So I removed it.

Wondering why I needed 3 shirts dyed??  The 3rd one got cut into 2 inch strips.

Just like Lorajean I used a gathering stitch on the sleeves, gathered them up, and stitched the gathers in. 
And once again, just like Lorajean, I ran a gathering stitch through the center of the long, now-sewn-together strip of orange t'shirt fabric...
...gathered up the strip and pinned it to the front of the t-shirts...
...made some tucks in the neckline at one side in the front...
...and took pictures of the finished shirts for my blog.

I added some tucks at one side in the back (opposite side from the front)  just so the shirts weren't quite so big around the neck.  Middle Sister and Little Sister arn't very big!  I also added an extra tuck in Middle Sister's after she tried it on and about 3 more in Little Sisters.
They wore their outfits this morning because they just couldn't wait.  I did make them change when they were ready to go outside.  These are some of the funnest outfits I've had for them in awhile.  The best part? VERY VERY inexpensive!!!! 
And of course, Middle Sister insisted I take a picture of them making silly faces:) 

They are now taking turns, along with Big Sister, hiding and finding plastic Easter eggs!  And I'm headed out to soak up some Vitamin D.  Sewing can be done LATER!

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Blogger Deborah said...

love the outfits..and the silly faces! You make it sound so easy!

March 31, 2010 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Lorajean said...

Wow those look so good in orange! What beautiful skirts too! :)

April 1, 2010 at 2:58 AM  
Blogger Mrs. K said...

So cute! We've been hiding eggs all week for each other here too.

April 1, 2010 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

These are adorable! I found your blog by doing a search on google. So glad I found it!

June 28, 2010 at 12:23 PM  

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