Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mama Made Kindergarten Wardrobe

Whew, that feels better. I've been a little stressed again & because of that I've felt a bit depressed & I've lost my creative mojo. So today, instead of going to playgroup (sorry to any of you girls that went), or doing the dishes, or taking a shower & getting dressed, I made a dress for Sadie.


Sadie is starting kindergarten this year & my plan is to make a good majority of her back to school wardrobe. This dress is made from a bright, funky vintage sheet. Sewing clothes from sheets always make me feel like I'm making curtain clothing. In the middle of making this dress, I started to feel a little ashamed & embarrassed & wondered if others might look down on this. But I am pleased as punch with the end result & had to remind myself that if I saw some kid wearing clothing obviously made from a vintage sheet, my reaction would be nothing but positive, so who cares!


I sewed in a little orange seam binding loop to serve as a tag. There is nothing more frustrating to a 4 year old, then getting dressed all by yourself just to be told that your clothes are on backwards.


Last night I made this brown skirt from a fine corduroy. Simple stuff here.


I hope to make lots more dresses & skirts for her. The plan is that when the weather gets cooler, long sleeved shirts & leggings or tights will go under these pieces. I've already picked up 3 pairs of leggings for her on clearance at Target for $3 a pair. And I'm on the lookout for a cute pair of boots, tennis shoes & mary janes for her, as well.

29 comments:

Amber said...

cute candace!!

kirsten said...

y'know, most people would never guess that that is a sheet. just us blogging, thrifting girls might guess. and we think it's way cool, so don't overthink it!

for shoes, i've had great luck at landsend overstocks. awesome mary janes, especially!
http://www.landsend.com/ix/overstock-liquidations/Girls/Shoes-Boots/index.html?seq=1~2~3&catNumbers=400~451&visible=1~1~1&store=le&sort=Recommended&pageSize=12&tab=8

the fellers said...

If I was confident in my sewing, my kids would get hand made things as well...You are such a cute mom, and your girls always look darling! That dress is adorable, and so is the skirt, I CAN NOT wait to see what Sadie looks like in these!

Holly C. said...

Oh I was just thinking how much I love vintage sheets and pillow cases this morning. I love the dress. And that was a wonderful idea to put the "tag" in the back so she knows which is front and back.

RachelDenbow said...

I would LOVE to find that sheet pattern in a thrift store or estate sale somewhere. It's so fresh and modern even though it's vintage. You've done a great job making the dress look fabulous with such a nice shape, too. It's darling.

We're in the same boat over here. A little bit stressed all the time and trying to transfer it into being productive to keep our minds positive.

Thanks for the TAG in the back advice. We're just starting to have to cut out scratchy tags for our son and something like this might be in our future.

Your family is adorable!

Shay said...

You amaze me more and more each day Candace, amazing work there! I went to the playgroup this morning just to see you, (not to make you feel bad), but I totally understand just needing to do want you need to do.

Jessica said...

adorable!! I wish my little girl was going into kindergaten again, so I could make her some adorable little dresses! :) Enjoy it while it lasts!

simplymodernmom said...

I think it's adorable! She'll be the cutest kid at school.

the mama monster said...

seriously this is too cute. i have all boys but if i had a girl i would want the same dress...heck i would wear it myself for sure. your comment about being ashamed touched me for some reason. your kids will be so glad that they had a creative mama who took the time and love to make them things. i love your blog .

cbhoff said...

I LOVE that dress! You did a great job and it doesn't look like curtain clithing at all (I so know what you mean). I never thought about there needing to be a tag but you are absolutely right!

alexandra said...

love the dress and I agree with your thoughts on how you'd react to someone else's little one wearing it - I would be awed and secretly jealous that I hadn't thought of it first!! And... I think the little tag idea is incredible - that can be like your signature thing!! Love it!
I might have some gently used shoes and boots for you - what sizes do you need?
hugs and love,
A.

Jenna said...

what a cute dress! you did a great job. and i love the sheet too. we are in the same boat over here, the kindergarten wardrobe. and the tag idea is genius. did you use a pattern, or just whip out the dress. oooh, i saw the cutest mens button up shirt to dress upcycle that i'm dying to try!

Amanda said...

I am currently sleeping on the matching pillow case to that sheet. I didn't realize they were so popular. I love it in a top. Good job.

imnotyrbabe said...

Good job ^^ its so cute...

Hannah Stevenson said...

I LOVE these...I can almost smell the new school year coming!

andrea said...

Never be ashamed of your vintage sheets :) Look how amazing they turned out!! I love it. You'd be proud of me, I found a couple adorable sheets last time I went thrifting. You put the bug in me Candace.

Sara said...

She's one lucky little girl! As long as Sadie loves the dress, everyone else doesn't much matter! You're so smart!

sarah.jones said...

That dress is adorable. I love seeing your sewing project successes!

3 'lil Lemons said...

So so cute, and I wouldn't have guessed it was made from a vintage sheet. You always inspire me. Speaking of, you still need to come over and look at those patterns . . . tomorrow?

Candace said...

I forgot to mention. For the dress I used the Simplicty 4206 shirt pattern & just added length to make it into a dress.

Donna said...

Love these pieces. If I could sew. . I would be whipping up some clothes for my girls, too!

- donna

Marty J. Christopher said...

The world of kindergartners (and their parents) can be so judgemental, but I think I'm in agreement with everyone here...that dress and skirt are fabulous! I think it's fantastic that you make so many of your daughters' clothes. When I was in high school my friend's mom made her prom dress, and I'm still in awe of that! Very cool...plus it's ONE OF A KIND.

Ashley said...

Oh, I love peasant dresses. These are SO cute. I love the "curtain" fabric. She can say it is one-of-a-kind!

Just fyi....I started a Flickr Pool if you would like to upload the border sundress you made ;) Hope you are having a great weekend!
http://www.flickr.com/groups/lilblueboo/pool/

Amy said...

I love clothes made out of vintage sheets! My girls always wear pillowcase dresses and I have even made a skirt for myself out of vintage linens and I get nothing but compliments on it!

I love them both!

Jenifer said...

Wow!! Lovely fabric of this dress!! It is best for little one!! I too made a dress for my baby!!

Lindsey said...

adorable!!!!!!! I love the fabric! Where do you find your vintage sheets? What pattern did you use?

Christina said...

If I saw a little girl wearing a dress made from a vintage sheet, I would think..."Wow, this girl has such a talented mother!" :) Be proud of the skills, girl!

tammiemarie said...

The dress is so cute! I bought some of that corduroy, and was thinking a bag but your skirt is very sweet.

lera said...

I am loving all of the kindergarten clothing you made. (I think I made a maternity skirt out of the same vintage sheet as this dress a few years back.)

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