Crafty Girls ~ Make It Longer 6

by Shelley

Is it hard to find fashionable clothes for your tweenager that meet your standards of modesty?  Does it get even harder when you are working with 50% hand-me-downs?  We’re in that boat.  So, here’s what we do: we modify things.  We get out scissors and pull out the sewing machine and we make the free stuff work for us.  Take this piece for example:

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Highly flexible piece, but way too short for our standards.  So, I took a shirt and cut some of it off.

I rolled the raw edges in and hemmed ’em up.

Next, I pinned it in place.  Then I sewed it in place all along the bottom of the dress.  (Watch out if you are sewing through denim.  Make sure you use a denim needle in your machine.)

It was that easy!  Looking back I should have made a belt with the leftover shirt fabric.  Or, a hair accessory.  That would have been really cute.  Maybe next time.

Total cost?  Nothing.  Both items were free.  They came from the hand-me-down bag.  I enjoy free so much.
Friends, what are you doing with your hand-me-downs?  With your garage sale finds?  Your consignment treasures?  Does this help you think outside of the box?
Happy mending,

Before starting her homeschool journey Melissa Culver used to teach full time as a public educator (grades 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8).  She joyfully started homeschooling her four children in 2009.  Humbly, imperfectly, sweetly she yearns to know Christ more.  Find out more about Melissa and her journey here: Melissa Culver’s School Daze.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

miss kitty March 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I love making old Things into new things. Nice


Margaret Allows February 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Am new here very interesting site


Sarah March 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm

That is so cool, I love it!


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