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From: vickyb61
Date: 05-07-2007, 08:40 PM (1 of 5)
Does anyone reconstruct their kid's clothes to make them last longer? For example, for my 10 year old daughter, I cut her jeans off to make capris this time of year because its too hot to wear jeans here and jean shorts aren't allowed at school. I know the jeans will be too short for her by next fall. I've also got a pair of her jeans completely ripped in both knees that I will cut off just under the zipper and add gathered tiers of cute fabric for a skirt. Some pink capris she got black grease on the knees will become shorts. A long sleeve top she loved during the winter is going to become a short sleeve top this week so she can keep wearing it.

What ideas do you all have? I would love to hear them!
User: vickyb61
Member since: 02-22-2007
Total posts: 10
From: cshortsew
Date: 05-08-2007, 05:44 AM (2 of 5)
I always did things like that with my both of daughter's clothes when they were growing up and I'm sure I will with my granddaughter as well. It's called being thrifty and creative.
Projects Completed in 2007:
Sewing: biscuit quilt, 7 baby dress sets, piggy pillow, 7 baby pants, eyeglass holder, purse, 5 baby outfits, toddler dress set
Crocheting: red purse, piggy slippers, sweater shawl, 5 pr. sock trims, 89 squares, baby sweater, 2 afghans, toddler harness, baby poncho, baby dress
Other: 14 Autism pins
Works in progress:
Sewing: toddler overalls & shirt
Crocheting: vertical stripes afghan
User: cshortsew
Member since: 06-28-2006
Total posts: 380
From: MaryW
Date: 05-08-2007, 08:57 AM (3 of 5)
If you sew with knits, cut the cuffs longer, roll up and the sleeves will be fine to go thru a growth spurt. Just unroll as they grow!

Cover stains that won't come out with applique.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
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From: Pudge99
Date: 05-08-2007, 09:32 AM (4 of 5)
When I was growing up we got new clothes only at the beginning of the school year (unless of course you grew off season). Jeans and long sleeve T-shirts were the norm. Then come summer the would become cut off shorts and sleeveless or short sleeve T-shirts.
With my own kids and being in Texas now the only thing we do is Jeans. They become either shorts or skirts and this year I think DD #1 wants to make a purse.
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User: Pudge99
Member since: 10-30-2001
Total posts: 1375
From: pucktricks
Date: 05-10-2007, 03:48 PM (5 of 5)
I was just talking about this with a friend, and we both plan on embellishing clothes to make them last longer. Besides, it's really hip and cool right now to add embellishments.

User: pucktricks
Member since: 03-31-2004
Total posts: 570
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