guest post by Not So Mellow Designs

by Angela on June 21, 2012

Well as most of you know, I’ve been traveling and haven’t had much time to sit at my computer.  I have asked a few of my creative friends to guest post while I am away.  Hayley just started blogging about her sewing creations a few months ago, so I’m excited to share her with you today!

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Hey y’all!  My name is Hayley and I blog over at Not So Mellow Designs!  I am
a quasi-newbie at blogging – been doing it for almost 4 years for my family and friends, but just recently started blogging about my creations for my etsy shop.  I have made it my summer goal to start adding upcycled items to the shop.
I am so excited (and a little nervous) to be here, at Unexpected Elegance!
This is my very first guest blog post!  Angela and I met back in our college days at Texas A&M.  Actually, her hubby dearest was my “mentor” in a business organization, and I believe Angela traveled abroad with a friend from my teeny, tiny hometown.  It’s such a small world!

Here in the sticks of East Texas, my favorite thing to do (when not wrangling them) is sew for my
kiddos.  I recently participated in Elsie Marley’s Kid’s Clothing Week Challenge and coincidentally enough, almost everything I made was upcycled from thrifted items!  It seemed only natural to do a little round-up of things that I have made form upcycled or thrifted items.

**disclaimer – These ideas are not new!  I get my inspiration
from all over blogland.  I do my best to always remember to link up accordingly!!**

First of all, the 5-strand braided dress.  I used a tutorial from Make It and Love It.  The shirt is a kid’s t-shirt that I found at Goodwill in The Woodlands (Houston suburb). 2nd nicest Goodwill store that I have ever been in (the first
being in West Hollywood, if you are curious).  Anywho, I hoarded this shirt for almost 3 years before I finally bit the bullet and made something with it.  I thought it was just so cute that I was afraid of messing it up.  And my Thing 1 – she loves the dress, though she is still not sure about the cloud with lightning; she knows lightning creates thunder and thunder is not a friend of hers!

Before – picture looks wonky because I accidentally took it upside
down.  Not sure how I did that!!

After – 5 Strand Braided Dress

Sewing for girls is so simple and fun that it’s easy to leave out the little boys!  Dana @ Made and Rae @ Made-by-Rae are good at celebrating the sweet boys out there, so I went to them for inspiration.  I used a pants pattern tutorial
from Dana to make some upcycled comfy pants for Thing 2.  They are not the prettiest thing I have ever sewn, but they are comfy and dark, which means he can get them as dirty as he wants!!

KCWC - Day 3 - Upcycled Pants

Plus, they are perfect for snatching big sister’s Dora ball!

KCWC - Day 3 - Upcycled Pants

My mom swears the “crafty” gene skipped a generation, as my grandma (Honey, as we call her) was an avid sewer.  There’s  picture of me floating around somewhere, wearing a ”sweet” outfit for my 3rd grade spring pictures.  Let’s just say it was a sleeveless-pantsuit-one piece thing and leave it at that.  Ha!  Well, Honey is a hoarder.  I assume it is a side-effect of living through the Depression, but she does not throw anything away – and this includes tons of fun vintage sheets!  She has shared most of these with me and I have been slowly making my way through them.

From simple skirts…

 

To baby bibs…

To fun summer pinafore tops (Pattern by Too Sweets – have you tried them?  If not, you should.  This pinafore
can be made in two DVR’d episoes of Friends…just sayin’.)

I think little bro would look precious in a matching tie!

I am also using vintage sheets from Honey to make a full-sized quilt for Thing 1′s big girl bed.  I have the pieces cut, but I haven’t gotten around to actually putting it together.  One day!

The possibilities are endless when it comes to re-purposing old clothes, vintage textiles, and upcycled items!  I hope that has inspired you to hit up the thrift shops, scavenge through granny’s old trunks (with permission, of course!) and see the clothes in your “to donate” pile in a new light!

For even more ideas, Skirt as Top in conjunction with Craftiness is Not Optional hosted “Vintage May.”  Check out their final round-up.

Thanks again, Angela!!

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I had scheduled one other guest post, but we are having some technical difficulties with the pictures.  Hopefully I will get that all worked out soon!

I’m spending this week shopping {auctions, flea markets, antique stores…my kind of shopping! ;) }.  If you’d like to see what I’m up to daily, you can follow me on Instagram.  My user name is unexpectedelegance.

~Angela

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