One of my ongoing projects this summer is to try to keep up with my crazy little growing-like-a-weed Phoebe's wardrobe.
I've been making her these incredibly quick and simple tops by using Rae's Flashback Skinny Tee pattern (a must-have for making clothes for kids), and these retro vintage shirts that have been thrifted - or in the case of the Pippi shirt - was actually MINE in high school. Eeeks!
I love sewing using up-cycled clothing because you get to finagle around your pattern pieces to take advantage of things like already sewn cuffs and hems.
With these shirts, I first disassembled the original shirt and cut off the neck ribbing to reattach at the end. I positioned my pattern pieces to center the graphic on the front, and to keep the cuff ribbing on the sleeves so I wouldn't have to finish them later . Then I just sewed it up according to Rae's pattern, and shortened and attached the neck ribbing. The whole thing seriously took about 20 minutes.
And even though Phoebe has no idea who Pippi Longstocking is....
.....I think she embodies her character pretty darn well.