I’m so excited to share with you my latest upcycled outfit featured in Sewn Magazine! In the magazine I share with you a quick an easy tutorial on how to add a cute button feature to the ankles of any pants pattern. (pictured below)
But this blog post is not about that DIY tutorial, I want to tell you more about the entire upcycled make! Let’s start with the pants. Now if you notice in the BEFORE picture, the pants came from a dress! I had very big plans for this dress especially the button placket since the buttons were already fabric covered, but Abigail insisted that she wanted them to be pants, because she wanted to keep the top a top, but in her size (more on that later). So you can imagine how happy I was to discover the slim trousers, because then with a little modification I could still use the buttons!
PDF PATTERN USED: The Slim Trousers by Lil Luxe Collection – the original trousers called for ankle zippers but was modified to use buttons for the magazine tutorial.
These pants are super cute and easy to make, it won’t be our last pair!
Now let’s talk about the top:
PDF PATTERN USED: The Daydreamer Shirt by Little Lizard King.
This part of the project was the most fun to do because I was able to keep almost all of the aspects of the original garment. The way the garment was factory finished made it super easy, all it took was some time seam ripping.
Here’s what I was able to keep:
The Original Collar: I kept the shape and width of the original collar but used the PDF pattern piece to determine the right length. In the end I only needed to trim off a small piece of the original collar and shape the ends again.
Original Sleeves: Using the pattern piece I pretty much used up most of the original shirt sleeve to cut the new sleeves. I was pretty happy to be able to keep the original sleeve plackets.
Original Sleeve Cuff: there was a small pleat in the original sleeves, so the new sleeves slipped in the old cuffs perfectly minus the pleat. I was pretty excited about that!
Original Front Pockets: All I did was remove the old ones and sew them back on the new shirt.
So pretty on the outside, but oh so pretty on the inside too!
She’s worn this outfit many times since we took these photos, I don’t know…something about turning 7 and having a new sense of style! haha…
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed this make! Talk to you soon! xoxo