Yesterday we mentioned that this is Kids Clothes Week. In the fall, we participated in Kids Clothes Week, when the theme was Storybook and ended up making something for each of the seven children. This time the theme is Upcycle, and I decided to keep in simple (well, sort of, I always seem to overcomplicate things!) and sew a complete outfit for one child. I started with a huge mustard shirt refashioned into skirt!
I found this gigantic 2XL mustard yellow wide wale corduroy shirt at the thrift store, and had to have it! The girls weren’t sure, but I have been seeing so much mustard lately, I was sure I could pull it off.
I decided to go back to a familiar pattern, the Chickadee skirt by Clever Charlotte. During All The Skirts: Clever Charlotte and Mabel Madison, we made the Chickadee with a very fine wale corduroy, so knew the Chickadee skirt was a good candidate for corduroy.
For the lining, I used a fabric from Hancock Fabrics that Annie herself picked out last fall.
When I made the first Chickadee skirt, it seemed like with a very few modifications it could be a totally reversible skirt, so this time I experimented and it worked! Here’s what I did:
Attached the waistband on at the top instead of nested within the skirt. (I went with a skinny waistband to match the bias tape trim, but if I did it over again, I’d cut out two waistbands and make it twice as wide.) As it turns out, it doesn’t really matter as far as looks go because Annie always wears her shirts untucked!
Made the elastic go all the way around the waistband instead of buttonhole elastic in the back only.
And if I use bias tape and make it reversible again, I will skip the sewing the two pieces together first, it was a waste of time and added extra bulk!
In these photos, Annie is modeling her skirt with another upcycled item, her Bimaa shirt from her Bubble Skirt ensemble! This photo is of the back of the skirts, but you can see the cute back of the Bimaa shirt too.
See you soon for some more upcycled goodness! And hop over to Kids Clothes Week for lots and lots of inspiring upcycled garments.