2010 guest blogger series: Sachiko with a t-shirt refashion

by contributor on 09/10/2010

in Guest Series 2010, Whip Up Tutorials

September/October brings change of season, and fresh starts and frivolity and seriousness too. So for a break from whipup realtime I am introducing a few weeks of guest bloggers to liven up your crafty experience. To bring you something fresh, and hopefully invigorate you to make and do and be and think! Its going to be a fun few weeks so come along for the ride.

Today I want to introduce you to Sachiko from Tea Rose Home, a beautiful blog filled with home life and crafty tutorials – lots of clever refashioning going on there – I particularly love her ruffly t-shirt refashions – here, here and here.

Hi my name is Sachiko and I have a cozy place called Tea Rose Home in blogland. In my blog I share some ideas, projects, tutorials, weekly link parties and sometimes really nice giveaways too! Please come visit and say hi!

One day I was going through the boys’ closet (I bet I am not the only one that has done this before school started). I needed to know what still works and what doesn’t. I found a shirt that my second son wore only a couple of times, and it was still in very good condition, but the sleeves are too short for him. It was a very a basic long sleeve round neck t-shirt that you can find everywhere.

I decided to convert it into a dress my daughter.

First I turned it into a short sleeve top. Then, I pulled out gauze fabric from my stash to make a skirt, so I could attach it to the t-shirt. I also made ruffles around the neck. I finished up the dress with yo-yo’s and some beads to give it a custom made look. I refashioned another little girls tunic dress over here – with step by step instructions.

The yo-yo’s I made with leftover bits from the t-shirt and the skirt gauze (see my tutorial for making yo-yos here), I wasn’t sure about the slightly different shades of blue, wasn’t sure if it would work, but in the end I think it added extra interest when I put it all together.

My little girl loved her hand-me-down/new dress from her brother (that just sounds wrong…). Even though the dress is with short sleeves with a light weight skirt, I think she can enjoy it during the fall with a cardigan and tights. Don’t you think so?

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1 Melanie October 9, 2010 at 10:42 am

Wow, nice job! That dress is adorable, I never would have guessed it was refashioned from a tee shirt!

Melanie@UnravelledThreads

2 Cindy October 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm

This dress is so stinkin’ sweet!!

3 Del October 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm

I just love tea rose home. I am in the middle of trying my first t-shirt refashion and have just got my hands on an overlocker so am experimenting with some ruffled rolled hems. The dress is gorgeous.

4 Jen October 10, 2010 at 3:29 am

Darling! Thanks for the idea!

5 Sabine October 13, 2010 at 7:44 am

This is ab-so-lu-te-ly adorable! Love it, love it, love it! One look at the dress made me decide that not only do I really want to try and create something like it (here’s to hope that I will succeed!), but that I am even willing to mess up my whole to-do sewing list and put this somewhere quite close to the top!

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