DIY Upcycle by Candice Ayala

Happy Monday Guys!

I’m so excited to finally share SOME of the details of my UPCYCLING (part 1) contributor post  for Issue #1 of Sew Sew Def Digital Magazine where I transformed one of my old denim shirts and a some fabric into a two piece outfit for my daughter.

“Sew Sew Def is devoted to filling each issue of Sew Sew Def with on-trend, modern and fresh projects along with two digital pdf patterns in each issue. We will be producing fun features from garment construction to in-depth interviews with sew-lebrities,  home decor projects, fun finds, easy projects and step by step instructions.”

In this issue, I shared 5 of my favorites upcycling tips along with actionable to-do’s. For this outfit, I used two amazing PDF patterns from two of my Business Members.


THE TOP: The Madison Dress and Blouse by Mummykins and Me.

“The Madison Dress and Blouse is a beautifully finished tie neck blouse pattern with a gorgeous fit. It includes a dress or blouse length, collar or tie, faux bow for the collar option for baby/child sizes, wide or narrow tie/bow, pleated or gathered sleeve head  and short/long/puff sleeves with enough options to make lots of different looks. Runs from a size Newborn to 12.”

I did make small adjustments to the bodice of the top and eliminated the front yoke pleats, I also added ruched gathers to the sleeves.  (I explained how I did that in the magazine.)

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Favorite things about this pattern:

1. Hands down THE BOWTIE!!! And if you follow my blog, you know that my daughter loves wearing bow ties. I just love how timeless and sophisticated bow ties are, and she wears them so well!

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2. How nice the back yoke looks.

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I’ll definitely be making more of these tops, next time I plan on using some lightweight lawn or rayon, and I’m thinking of possibly making the dress version of this pattern too.



Now, let’s talk about the skirt! 
THE SKIRT: The Gigi from Mingo and Grace 

This crop top and matching gathered skirt set is currently on trend. The gathered skirt sits at the natural waist leaving only a slither of skin visible when worn with the matching crop top, ensuring a chic but tasteful look for your mini fashionista.The Full Skirt has on seam pockets, includes a generous hemline and an elastic waist to accommodate a growing child.

I’ve made this pattern before (you can see it HERE) and knew the skirt would be a perfect pair for the top, especially using this amazing RUBY TULIPS floral print from Michael Miller Fabrics.

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Favorite things about this pattern:


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2. The mega twirl factor!

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And there you have it folks! Issue #2 of Sew Sew Def drops today, and I can’t wait to sneak peek to you in the days to follow what I up cycled for this Issue! Stay tuned!
Thanks for stopping by today, I’ll talk to you soon! xoxo


2 thoughts on “DIY Upcycled Shirt to Child’s Top

  1. Love this look! Will be adding for my back to school looks. On the sleeves, Did you use elastic to makes those pretty sleeves. Trying to figure out how it was made.

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