New Clothes from Old Clothes

March 18th, 2012

Last summer my grandma passed away. My grandpa wanted all of her things (clothes, purses, jewelry, shoes) cleaned out as soon as possible. We all took things we thought we’d use but here’s the thing, my grandma shopped. A lot. There are 4 girls in my mom’s family (out of 8). And there are a lot of granddaughters and great-granddaughters. And we all got multiple purses and shoes and clothes and there was a ton left.

I took a few piles of skirts and sweaters that I planned on wearing (what can I say, my grandma had style) and a few piles that I thought I might be able to do something with.

In the last couple weeks I’ve started taking apart the  clothes and making new stuff for Lexi and my niece, Ester (who was named after my grandma).


Any one who knew Grandma will appreciate this: every time I check the pockets of  a piece of clothing, there is a tissue.


So, here’s what I’ve done:
This stylish yellow denim jumper
Became a cute dress for Lexi:


This summer sweater vest:

Became a skirt for Ester.

This was a long smocked skirt my mom made for my grandma.

Now it’s a little tunic dress for Ester.

This was a wrap denim skirt.

Now it’s a wrap skirt for Ester
And the other half is a twirly skirt for Lexi.IMG_2268

These were all fun to make because I didn’t have a pattern to work with – I just played around with the material I had to see what would work. I also tried to use the hems that were already there, buttons or zippers that were in place. I added some bias tape to the yellow dress, some fun lace and patches to the denim skirts, but that’s basically it. And they don’t take long at all. I did the yellow dress and the two denim skirts this afternoon.

(Sorry for the sideways pictures. Every time I tried to turn them, the computer flipped them back.)

2 Responses to “New Clothes from Old Clothes”

  1. Steph on March 18, 2012 9:00 pm

    Love it! Great work, Abby!

  2. Leah on March 18, 2012 9:19 pm

    Very cute!!!

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