I absolutely LOVE vintage children's clothes! They have simple but flattering lines and the colors are fun and attractive to children. This week, I decided to upcycle a pair of vintage pajama pants that I thrifted for around $5. It's the yellow/pink floral print on the playsuit seen above- and isn't it an adorably vintage print??? I fell in love with it on sight and knew I had to make something summery for my daughter out of the light cotton/poly material. Luckily, it was a size large so I had plenty to work with!
This is the pattern I used for the playsuit, pictured on the right. However, I didn't band the bottom hem because I learned from a previous experience (the rainbow romper) that my daughter hates anything scrunched around her skinny legs. So I left the hem loose and wide and sewed some rick rack trim around it instead. I think it still looks great and when she put it on, she loved the loose comfort of the entire outfit. I didn't photograph her as she wasn't home today (she totally lucked out and doesn't even know it!) but I think these pieces look great with or without a model in them!
For the neck, I decided to make it even easier for her to slip it on by simply running some elastic through a bias strip and attaching to the shoulders. She simply stretches it out to slip her head through and no strings to tie and get knotted in her hair!
I love rick rack trim.
And I love this print! I wish I could've found the matching top to the pants but I did have enough material to make a diaper cover for the next outfit- plus a little extra for a future project- yay!
This next one is a cross back pinafore dress/top. I made it for my daughter but then realized it would look wonderful as a dress on my younger niece so I made a diaper cover to go with it.
The top material is from some thrifted fabric. I also used it to make a rosette pin to enhance the diaper cover. I just think it's adorable!
I used the vintage lace trim from my previous thrifting expedition to edge the leg openings.
And added ruffles to the bum because a girl always needs those!
Just adorable, isn't it?
I love the cross back feature. It makes it easy to put on and can fit an infant as a dress on up to a 5/6 year old as a top- which means many years of use!
Hope you enjoyed seeing my vintage-inspired playwear! I'm working on some fabric scrap projects later this week so I'm hoping that post will be up by Wednesday! Til then, happy sewing!
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