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Saturday, January 29, 2011

My altered clothes

I told you I would show you some of the clothes that I altered, so here they are!
Both of these sweaters were altered and they fit great now.

I made a felted flower to accent the scarf.

This sweater was big and I just pinned and took in the sides and then made a flower to add to the sweater.

Another view of the sweater.
(Sorry about the cheesy grin)

This is a sweater that was smaller and I used a bib I made to accent it.(the tutorial is at the bottom.)
Don't you love that I cleaned up for the photo shoot? Sorry about the clutter on the cabinets.

This was a sweater that was altered smaller and I used the left over material to make these rolled flowers.

It fits!

I really like how these flowers turned out. I rolled the strips of sweater and used a needle and thread to sew them together and then sewed them onto the sweater.

This sweater was quite big and I had plenty of sweater fabric to make the flowers at the neckline.
(Don't you like my model pose!) LOL

Here is a close up view.

Another pose :)

Here is a close up of the bib, sorry that it is a little blurry.

I am calling these "Mommy Bibs", they are great to make some outfits look totally different and they are just for Mommy's! (grandma's too!)

Here is the same bib with a black shirt and a tan jacket.

Here is a cream bib with a jacket and I made the rolled flowers for the accents. 
I like the versatility of it, you can use it with the same colored shirt or a different color if you like.

Another close up.

I cut out a bib.

I used an old shirt that, yep, it was too big and it was in the discard pile. I cut the strips, ran a gathering stitch along the one side of it.  I didn't have to hem it because I used the bottom of the shirt that was already hemmed.

I sewed on the gathers in layers.  I used a piece of fabric to trim the top and make the ties.
I made the rolled flowers and sewed them to the ruffles.

I did the same with the black bib. Instead of the rolled flowers, I added a strip down the center and added buttons, you can use the buttons that come off of the shirt because they should match great!
Now I have a bunch more clothes to wear and I just went shopping in my discard pile.  With a few pins and seams I have a new ward robe!!


Melissa said...

Wow, you did a great job and you look fabulous.

Rachel said...

I like your poses! You look great :)

Kammy said...

I love how clever you are ! Cute sweaters !!

g.suzie said...

You are so darling. . .I can't decide which
ones I like best! The flowers just add the
perfect amount of 'bling'!
You are very talented!
Have a great day. . .

Sue said...

You have a fabulous (altered) wardrobe and you look fantastic in all of it! :) So talented!

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

Your altered clothes are so cute! I especially love the sweaters that you've added the rosettes too. What a great look!

WobiSobi said...

These are amazing. I am so glad I found your blog. I am such a follower now..

foreverdecorating said...

I adore the roses you made out of the leftover material. What beautiful and stylish clothing you made them into.

Unknown said...

I found you through the Dittle Dattle hop:) You are sooo cute and I love all that you made, I am your newest follower! Lookin forward to more:)

Unknown said...

Everything looks so great, I especially love the red sweater on you with the flower, amazing! I am happy to see you are hosting a blog hop, fun fun fun!

Fonda @Southern Scraps said...

Great job! Love the bib!

Robin said...

Really you're amazing! Every one of looks like a million bucks! My favs are the sweater flowers that you added! Wow!!!
(and your pics are are such a gorgeous gramma!)

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

All are so cute but I especially like the ruffled bibs! Being a Victorian Era admirer , I am so thrilled to see ruffles coming back in style and this is the perfect wardrobe accessory that can be added to anything to pretty it up!!


Robin Ross said...

I love it and would love if you entered my linky party at if you have any more recycled/upcycled projects please link them up and let your friends know. I am trying to reach 100 upcycled projects this week and I would really appreciate you help!

Tammy @ she wears flowers said...

These are amazing! You look great in every single picture! ;)

SLR said... are the cutest, chicest grandma i have ever seen!! love your style!

Alison Agnew said...

That is so adorable, and what a charming idea for remaking clothing that's too big. I would love for you to link this project to my Fridays Unfolded linky tomorrow at

New follower too!



Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, such gorgeous creations!!! I absolutely LOVE the sweater with the rosettes! And you are a beautiful model!

Nita Stacy said...

That gray one is especially cute. Love all your refashioning of sweaters and the bibs too.

Katherine said...

Love, love, love everything!I'm happily blog hopping today and so glad I found your lovely blog. Wishing you happiness and a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Katherine

Emily said...

Everything looks great! I'm on a mission to upcycle 75% of the kids and my clothes in 2011!

Gay Vaughan said...

Thank you for joining my party! I just love all your ideas. Super stuff here!

BeingBrook said...

Love! The gray and black is my favorite.

kristy.lynn @ kristy.makes said...

love the bib.. i totally thought it was part of the shirt! awesome! :)

Anonymous said...

Gosh I love all the redos!! I wish I had seen this several weeks ago before I goodwilled a bunch of sweaters that just looked too sloppy-

Love making the rosettes out of the leftover fabric too!

Great ideas!

bee blessed

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

You've been one busy lady, Donene! But, all your updates made those sweaters sooo stylish. By the way, you look great!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

AllieMakes! said...

You are truly inspiring! Love it all! Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Jen said...

I am loving the cream bib with the brown jacket! You are so amazing! Thanks for linking up to Fantastic Friday. I look forward to seeing what you have for this week!

Gay Vaughan said...

Thank you for linking to my party! Just popping in to let you know that I featured you on my wrap-up. Thanks again.

An Oasis in the Desert said...

You did some great alterations. Fun and clever ideas. You looked adorable in your "new" outfits. I'm a new follower.

Alely said...

great job on those alterations! you are one rockin' grandma! glad i found your blog. i'm your newest follower and i am so looking forward to reading more of easy peasy grandma!

happy to meet you and have a loveLee friday!

Unknown said...

Alterations can be needed anytime; it is the easiest way to get your favorites clothes, which fits you, properly. Thanks.


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