Monday, April 30, 2012

Shirt Rescue

Remember the shoe rescue I performed on a pair of adorable ballet flats that wouldn't stay on Arden's feet?  Well, it seems I have a thing for saving nautical-inspired items from Old Navy...

I really wanted to participate in Elsie Marley's Kid Clothing Week Challenge, but you know I've been up to my eyeballs in nautical signal flag banners.   I did take an hour or so to whip this up, and so now I bring you... Shirt Rescue!

This great navy and white striped shirt has seen better days - the sleeves and neckline were stained and I couldn't get them out no matter how hard I tried.  Plus, the sleeves were pretty short on my little sprout.

So I grabbed some red fold over elastic (FOE) and red felted wool from my awesome February package pal Ellen from Creative Passage and got to work!

I cut the sleeves and the neck binding off, cut the neckline lower and used the FOE to enclose the raw edges.  Then I cut an anchor out of the felted wool and applique'd it on.  I like to break all the appliqueing rules out there and just pin and sew without any stabilizers cuz' I'm wild and crazy like that!  So far, it's always turned out pretty well.  Of course, now I just jinxed myself...

I also whipped up a cute headband using scraps from the arms, some of the felt and FOE and a couple of buttons.  But SOMEBODY won't try the outfit on to take pictures - something about it not being warm enough to wear a shirt without sleeves.  This is coming from the girl who was pretending to go swimming by stripping off her clothes and putting on a diaper cover I was packing away.  Maybe I can bribe convince her to do it in the next couple of days.

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  1. That looks great!! Very creative!!

  2. I love this! I have been working on a nautical inspired line for my toddler and this is such a cute top! I have never seen folded over elastic in red.


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