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Little girl dress-to-skirt Refashion.

Preface: I didn’t plan on posting this tonight, but after a certain little redhead who was suppose to be sleeping, came wondering out to talk to me just as I finished the first skirt, I couldn’t help but make her try it on & then proceed to snap a few pictures. They aren’t the best pictures, since it was after the sun (which really wasn’t out for us in soggy Florida today anyway) had gone down, but they are cute just the same.

The girls have this dress that I love. I bought it for them two years ago (at least, I think) and they wear it all the time. I actually have pictures of them in it so often that they wore it last Mother’s Day & this past Mother’s Day. It’s just a really simple but cute dress for them to wear when I want them to look a little nicer than just shorts & a shirt. & in Florida, the fact that it was a simple little halter around their neck, made it perfect for spring & summer.

The last time they wore this dress though, I realized that it was meeting its end. That is, until I realized I could turn it into a skirt! Again, that was thanks to a little redhead who pulled it down around her waist one evening at home and proceeded to wear it like a skirt (topless I might add) until bed time. I guess I do have to give her credit where credit is due.

REFASHION

So tonight I finally pulled out the ol’ sewing machine (I really need to pull it out more often & get busy on being more creative) and went to work once the kids were in bed (or so I thought, remember). It was a super simple project (minus a little issue I had towards the end where I sewed the second skirt with the seam facing out rather than in…possibly thanks again to that redhead & her distractions. I ended up having to just roll the waistband in & re-sew it, which gave me the cutest little ruffled top that I ended up re-creating on the first skirt anyways. You can see it in the picture above).

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Here’s what you do:

  1. Cut the halter top off the dress, just under the seam.
  2. Turn the skirt inside out & fold the cut edge down about half an inch farther than your elastic. Iron your crease.
  3. Sew all the way around the waist band, leaving about an inch open to put the elastic in.
  4. Pin a safety pin on one end of the elastic & feed it through the waistband. Be sure to hold onto the other end so that you don’t lose it inside the casing.
  5. Pin both ends together & sew the elastic togther.
  6. Finish sewing the opening where you put the elastic through.
  7. Flip the right side out, iron, & you are good to go!

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Lilah loved being my little model (sorry the skirt isn’t ironed in this picture & all she has on with it his her night shirt, but you get the drift. The whole time she was talking my ear off & asking if she needed to go wake up Lexie in order for her to try her skirt on, too. Silly girl. Oh! & bonus! Since this dress had an elastic halter before, I just cut the extra fabric off of it & turned it into a matching headband for the girls! Perfect!

Odds & Ends.

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I know I just recently shared our bedroom with ya’ll. Or at least, an update of our bedroom from the previous times I’ve shared. Well. I got bit by the sewing bug this week (and it feels really good to be back behind my machine, I haven’t sewn in a little while I must admit) and started off with curtains for our room.

When I first changed the colors of our room from the green & browns to the blue I knew these curtains weren’t my favorite. They didn’t really do anything for the room besides add a little framing around the window. I’ve constantly had my eye out for something different, whether it be store bought or not. I went to Joann’s the other day in search of fabric for 4th of July dresses for the girls and found the fabric for the curtains almost instantly! I just love it and even made a throw pillow for the bed as well (I’m thinking I want to make two European shams though, so I need more fabric!).

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I finished the girls dresses today (good thing, seeing as tomorrow is the 4th!*), want to make Tucker a shirt, and there are a few other sewing projects that are 4th related for around the house that I plan to do after the kids naps today. P.S. Lexie modeling the dress above, although I had to reposition the flower so pay no attention to that part.

We are laying low for the 4th, just grilling out at home, letting the kids play in the splash pool, and then most likely heading to the lakefront for fireworks in the evening. I did buy some cute 4th of July plates & cups and some other odds & ends from the Target dollar spot to decorate with, you know my boy Tucker loves when it’s a “party”!

*That was the kids last 4th of July. Want to see the year before? Oh, how teeny tiny they all were!

Midweek Confessions +1

  • I’m a minute late on my midweek confessions (it is 12:01 am, Thursday morning as I type these) because I honestly forgot it was Wednesday.
  • Spring break & potty training means we’ve been home every single day this week, hence the reason why I forgot it was Wednesday…the days have all blurred together at this point.
  • Lexie is still working on the potty training thing. She’s had two accidents total at this point but has officially gone no. 2 on the potty so I’d say that outweighs the accidents.
  • I have a friend that hates potty talk & people who post fb status updates about their kids pooping on the potty with pictures to match. I haven’t really said much on their about potty training (but we all know I’ve shared plenty here). I did, however, take a picture of Lexie on the potty with Lilah sitting by her side today. I’m sure my friend, Kelly, just loved that.
  • My other mommy friends & I know that Kelly will know what the fascination with talking about your kids 24/7 is all about when she becomes a mommy herself, one day.
  • Yesterday I decided to paint the kitchen. It’s phase one on our little kitchen renovation.
  • Today I decided to visit the fabric store and start a few projects, one of which is my first clothing item for myself.
  • From the last two bullets you can obviously tell combining those with the potty training & I obviously know how to live it up during spring break. Not.

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Me time.

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My first sewing project…

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