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Happy Hump Day Lovelies!!

Last year I stumbled upon the awesomeness of Kid’s Clothes Week but I was too late to enter any of the seasonal challenges when I found them, so I made a note not to miss it this year! This year’s Winter Challenge is UPCYCLED (just a fancier way to say you took something old and made something new).

I enjoy upcycling, I do it every year with the RunForHer Tshirts to make something for Abigail to wear on race day, so I was excited about this challenge. (You can view those Tshirt upcycles HERE, HERE, and HERE).

Finding what to use was easy, the hubby has been talking about getting rid of some of his old work shirts so all I needed to do was visit the closet. haha. We found a bunch, and Abigail picked the one she liked the best (of course it was a shade leaning into purple lol).

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I decided that instead of adding my signature lace or crochet trim to this project, I would try to keep the look of the original shirt without adding any extras. I started by removing the sleeves and pocket.

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I wanted to keep the collar so I cut the shape of the tunic out of the shirt (both back and front at the same time).  And then stitched both sides together.

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I wanted to reattach the pocket, so I added a pleat and created a little bow from remnants of the rest of the shirt.

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From the rest of the remnants, I cut out some sleeves using Simplicity’s 1452 (view F) as the template.

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The sleeves finished with a bit of a flutter, but I wanted more of a capped/puffed look so I pleated it and then added some buttons to add a touch of sophistication.

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NOW FOR ACTION SHOTS: She insisted on using this purse to take pictures because it matched her outfit….lol….

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But that didn’t last for very long….lol

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Then she found her pockets…lol

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Here’s a view of the back, I just love how neat and clean it looks.

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I really enjoyed creating this upcycle, the hubby is pretty excited to see his little princess wearing one of his shirts, and Abbie thinks its hilarious too. He likes it so much he’s already given me 3 more shirts! hahaha! I still have 4 more days until the challenge is over…so who knows what could happen! =) Have an awesome week you guys!! Talk to you soon!

love-candice

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