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upcycled skort

Sometimes you can find the perfect way to marry the need to make something totally fun and custom, while also filling practical needs for your kids. I’m always on the lookout for fun tee shirts that I can make into a unique item, and a skort is a pretty perfect way to use one if you’re not in need of any kid tees at the moment!

It also happens to be a fast and easy project if you want to get some production line sewing done during a kids clothes week. AND there’s even better news. The pattern I used is free and good! Head to Hey June to grab the PDF

Now, a weird scary Metallica skirt might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but therein lies the beauty of the upcycle. My daughter loves weird scary things, but the likelihood of finding such things in her size at, say, Target is pretty low.

Like me as a kid, Violet doesn’t like to be held back from being wild and crazy by the fear that her underwear will get exposed to everyone. Even now I wear a pair of cut off leggings if I wear a skirt, just in case!

Seriously, that face! Those legs! Hahaha. She looks ready to rumble on our trip to the library……

Do you love to upcycle too? What are some of your favorite things to sew with found fabric?


tutorial: make your own harem romper

I really love the look of harem rompers, and I was hoping to find a free pattern for the style I wanted. When I didn’t find that, I decided to combine a couple of patterns, one that I already had, and one that was free, and voila! I had what I needed. And my daughter has a new romper.

girl in a romper in front of a tiled wall

I used two patterns to make this romper. I started with the Glass Onion Top pattern, which I already owned, but really any fitted bodice would work. Then for the pants, I used the free harem pants pattern found here.

First I cut out the bodice and bodice lining pieces. I lengthened the bodice and used the front bodice to create a back bodice piece also.

Mashing two patterns together is easier when you have gathered pieces, because those leave room for error. Notice in the picture of the two pattern pieces above that the pattern for the skirt of the top and the harem pants are not the same width. Since the pants are going to be gathered to fit the bodice, I just kept them the original width. I did add a few inches in length and made the crotch higher.

And there you have it. A harem romper using a free pattern, and if you sew for your kids, you probably already have a bodice pattern you can use to make the whole thing free. I would recommend making a muslin before you cut into any expensive fabric, to make sure the fit is the way you want it first. Happy sewing!

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