sew: the retro mod refashion

This was a really fun little refashion. I took something that was really rather ugly to begin with, removed the awful parts, added in a few fun twists, and ended up with an adorable outfit for my little girl. I’m calling it the retro mod refashion because the flower print of the tunic definitely has a retro feel, but pairing it with wide striped leggings helps modernize it a bit.

I started with this Carter’s one piece jumper that I got on clearance for just a few dollars. I thought, “that print is a little crazy, but it’s still kind of cute, right?” Wrong. When I put it on my daughter the huge ruffled collar completely overwhelmed everything, and paired with the crazy floral she ended up looking like a clown. It was ridiculous. But I still kind of liked the print – if only it weren’t quite so head-to-toe overwhelming. So I ditched the ruffle and made the jumper into a tunic, then added leggings made from the sleeves I took off this shirt. Way better, right?

Here’s the whole process:

First I unpicked the binding along the neckline so I could pull that ruffle off. I also took off the crocheted flower. I kind of liked the flower, but it’s such a wierd mustard yellow/lime green color that it make the whole outfit look a little too seventies.

Once the ruffle was out, I pinned the binding back on and sewed in back into place.

Then the long sleeves came off – which was really simple since the short sleeves on top of them were already hemmed separately. The pants came off as well, leaving a short sleeved tunic length shirt.

So much better, right? As a top the print isn’t so overpowering. After a quick hem, the top was done.

I was looking through my fabric scraps to see if I had any leftover knit I could use to make matching leggings, and I happened upon the sleeves from this top I refashioned a while ago. They matched perfectly! I cut out a quick pair of leggings…

…and added bows that cinch up the sides sides in a pink that matched the top, just to pull it all together.

(Want to know how to make baby leggings out of sleeves? Check back later this week for a tutorial!)

And one more time, here’s the finished product:

Perfect for running around. Or just running away from your mom when she’s trying to take pictures of you.

I love the little bows on the leggings.

Actually, I love the whole thing. ‘Cuz that little girl’s pretty darn cute, too, right?

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    Michele Ciola says

    WOW you are such an inspiration! I love how you changed the romper and how stinkin cute are those leggings?? Yes she is a doll baby too. Mine is 11 and I wish she was that age again. Too cute and TFS!!

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    Denise says

    I look at the final product and wonder how it could have looked bad in the first place, so good thing you took a picture of the before! 🙂 She’s such a doll!!! (extra exclamation marks for extra cuteness 🙂

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