Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sew Chic Upcycling - Cargo pants to romper

Thanks so much Sarah for co-hosting this Sew Chic Upcycling Week with me! I am absolutely loving all the guest posters' refashions. I was a little intimidated to come up with one after seeing everything they created, but I went for it and I hope your readers do, too!

I'm Jenny from Seamingly Smitten and if you're like me and have a crafty brain (meaning you have way too many things you want to make or do and of course not enough time) then you MIGHT have a pile of fabric or clothes laying on the floor of your closet waiting to be turned into something amazing.
Now this pile has to be tucked away into the back corner so your husband doesn't see it or else he would pack it into a bag for Goodwill and drop it off on his next trip out the door.
(I love you, Patrick!)

This Sew Chic Upcycling Event was the PERFECT reason to grab something from that pile and start sewing!
I'm going to show you how to turn THIS:
into THIS romper:
Let's get started! (I'm sizing this for a size 2T)
1. Find a pair of cargo pants (or any pair of pants) and a coordinating shirt for the sash and ties.

2. Cut off the bottom 12 inches of both pant legs.

3. Cut up the side seam and open each pant leg so you have this:

This will be your front and back of the top of the romper
4. Now we will size the pants down. My daughter's waist is 19 inches around, so I need 10 inches in the front and 10 inches in the back of the pants at the waist. Center and measure 10 inches along the waist. Draw lines down each pant leg. Cut along the lines.
5. You will have this:
6. Lay your two top romper pieces right sides together. Pin down both sides. Sew down the sides.
7.  Lay your pant legs right sides together, pin the sides of the pant legs and sew down each side.
8. Pin the inseam (crotch area) and sew.

9. Now you have your two pieces. Starting to look like a romper? Can you see it?
10. Turn your top of the romper upside down and inside out. Open it and slip it around the shorts you just made. You are pinning the bottom opening of the romper top to the top opening of the shorts for the romper.
11. Sew all around the pinned area and turn right sides facing up.
Almost done!
12. Fold down the top of the romper to make a casing. I folded down 2 inches. Sew around this casing, stopping 3 inches before your starting point so you can put in the elastic.

13. Cut a piece of elastic 2 inches shorter than your child's waist measurement. Use a safety pin to thread your elastic through the casing. Sew the ends of the elastic together and sew the casing closed.
14. Hem the legs, use the shirt fabric to make a sash and some shoulder ties. Sew the shoulder ties on and you're done!

Let's go back outside, Momma!


Thrift it, Repurpose It, Remake it
and Wear it!

Also, check out another Sew Chic Upcycling creation on my co-host's blog:  Sarah from This Crazy, Blessed Life

Now it's YOUR TURN! Link up YOUR original upcycled creations for a chance to WIN PRIZES! 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced August 12th.

1. Link a CLOTHING project you upcycled or recycled.
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