One of my favorite ways to upcycle is to add a little fabric paint. I feel like it breathes new life into a plain shirt or skirt. That being said, I don't like to go too crazy with paint because I've learned that too much paint can feel heavy and unnatural on some fabric. And now reading that paragraph over again, I can't believe I spent that long typing about upcycling when I have 12 loads of laundry to fold. Priorities. Honestly.
As part of the current de-stashing kick I'm on, I found the bottom half of a t-shirt. Ya, just the bottom half. What's up with that? I'm honestly not sure why I had the bottom half of a t-shirt just hangin' in the stash. But you know me. I just can't throw anything away. So I made it into a quick little skirt for Lila.
And we love it. ;)
The shirt wasn't very wide to begin with so it doesn't have a very full gather, but that's ok with me. It's a little less frilly which is what my growing up girl has been liking more lately.
Although I didn't make a tutorial, it's pretty straight forward. Measure the waist, add an inch, cut the elastic that length, sew a casing, thread the elastic through, sew the casing closed and boom you're done! It helped that the shirt was already cut the perfect length for a skirt too. You might wanna take that into consideration if you make one too.
For the heart I just used freezer paper, cut a heart and a little blue fabric paint. I kept adding white to each layer to give it the ombre look and once it was dry I sealed it with the iron. Hot dog!
One more item to check off the project de-stash list!