Saturday, April 25, 2009

Feeling Artsy Fartsy - Recession Style

This week I had a burst of artiness.

While cleaning out the girl's closet, putting away winter clothes and making room for the nice new spring wardrobe we had bought at Kohls, J.C. Penny's, Macy's and Target, I noticed most of her jeans had holes in the knees. Earlier in the year, I had patched a few of them with cute little iron on patches but since then, she had a wee growth spurt and some of those jeans were now highwaters.

The jeans still fit in the waist, so I cut the lower leg part off , hemmed or cuffed them to make shorts. (In my day, we just cut them off and washed them several times for the oh so cool "cut-offs" but I guess today that would be considered trashy.)

After a quick jaunt to Wally's where I picked up cute appliques, cute buttons and little sparkly diamond-like iron-on jewels, I proceeded to go through all her clothes that were too short, had holes in the knees and shirts with small stains on them.

A pair of very long jeans were cuffed (a large cuff) using iron-on hem tape, making them capri-length jeans. She had worn holes in the knee, so I patched them with "princess" style (not the Disney princesses, just the word "princess") appliques, pink and yellow flower appliques, and added pink beaded fringe to the bottom of the cuff.

Those jeans look so cute, if I say so myself.

A black tee shirt was revived with a large skull bones applique finished off with a nice sparkly, diamond grill/braces on his teeth. It was paired with "new" blue jean shorts which now have smaller skull bone appliques on their pockets. This is the girls favorite "new" outfit - she wore it today. It will have to be a weekend outfit because her school will not allow "skulls" on clothing.

One turquoise tee shirt that had small grease spots on it (my kids . . . even though they are given napkins, somehow little greasy fingers are still wiped on their clothes) became a one-of-a kind crystal design with a colorful butter fly applique and butter fly buttons sewed on strategically hiding any of the small spots. I added the same butterfly applique to a pair of her white shorts to make a set.

I did this all day Thursday and most of Friday morning. I matched shirts with other shorts/newly made shorts from jeans and was able to make six "new" short/tee shirt sets, three capri-length jeans and an extra two fancy tee shirts out of her out-grown in length pants, holey or slightly stained clothing.

Wished I would have done this before going to Kohls, J.C. Penny's, Macy's and Target.

13 comments:

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

That's so cool!

I use napkins, but I get grease splatters on my clothes from cooking---even though I wear an apron! I swear I need full-body gear for cooking. Will you come sew appliques over my stains? ;)

jen said...

How cute and fun!

Scale Junkie said...

You should have posted pictures of your projects, they sound so cute!

Michelle said...

That sounds pretty darn cute! Yeah, pictures would be good. How can we copy you if you we do not have a visual. lol lol

Vickie said...

sounds very cute!

do you remember that I went to goodwill to buy jeans for the middle child to cut into knee length shorts last year (all the ready made jeans shorts were super short). Just a few dollars a pair - and in really good condition.

everyWEAR Designs said...

We shop at thrift stores all the time for our kids (5 and 3 months) It's just not worth spending big bucks on kids that are just going to grow! (no matter how much you deprive them of water) JK

Jill said...

Wish I would have read this post before spending $80 on new spring clothes for my girl!! :)

sharla said...

Hey, my SIL just spent big bucks on a pair of denim capris for my niece that had ribbon sewn on at the hem and the dangly beads. Great job!!! (hope you got something for yourself!)

Helen said...

So cool!! I second the request for photos! ;-)

Saffa Chick said...

That sounds like such fun!

Laura N said...

How fun. I bet you got a lot of satisfaction from that project. Way to go, mom.

Honi said...

hope all is well in your world.. I left ya a little something on my blog.. stop by when u can

sharla*** said...

snakes in the bayou....YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!
snake to me are like lizards to you-Yuck!

Hope your doing well!!!! Miss you!