Refashioning and thrifting for kids is something that is actually easy for me to do.  As for me and my clothes, I’m more of a go-to-the-store-and-just-buy-it kind of girl.  But for my daughter, I can see potential in a lot of things.  I had the opportunity to stop by TAG’s, a new local thrift store last night and didn’t remember that I should thrift for my daughter instead of me.  So feeling not creative and unmotivated, I chose a couple of items.  It wasn’t until I was walking out of the store that I thought of my daughter and realized that I might be able to make something that she loves.

Utah Valley Moms received two items in exchange for this post. All opinions are our own.

But first, let me tell you about my daughter.  She is a fashion girl to the core.  I don’t know where she got her fashion sense but it’s strong and she’s very precise about the things she wants to wear.  Every now and then I’ll have her pick me out an outfit and she’ll tell me daily how she feels about what I’m wearing.  So going to a store to pick out, essentially fabric, so that I can recreate something for her scared me a bit.  But when I got home and showed her, she was really excited.  So excited, in fact, that she gave me specific instructions about how to wake her up in the middle of the night when I finished her outfit.

So last night I started unstitching all of the threads I didn’t want and started imagining how I was going to do what I wanted to do.  Because here’s the thing – I have no idea how to actually sew.  No one has ever taught me.  Tutorials make no sense to me.  And following instructions is one of the hardest things for me.  So I usually just sit down at the sewing machine and go at it.  … It’s a little scary.

This is the original dress.
This is an original dress.

Once everything was broken down, I realized that it might actually fit me.  So why not try it on?

Well, after taking everything a part and redoing a couple of things, I created this whole new outfit for my daughter.  She loves it.  I’m happy with it.  I’m going to call it a win.

The headband is taken from the shirt part of the dress.  The scarf is from the grey dress.  And the skirt was fitted and changed to make a new skirt.


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