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Repurposed T-shirts Costume Infant Edition!

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I really got creative with this one. I bought a pair of green 6x girls stretch pants because I couldn’t find the right color green. I then got an infant size green t-shirts from a resale shop for free. I found a women’s large green tshirt at a yard sale for. 50 and a. Oval pillow for. 50. I also used a brown t-shirt of mine I didn’t wear anymore. I did have to buy some felt, two tone fleece for shell accent but that only ran 2.50.

I put leggings on the baby cutting off the extra length he didn’t need. I then cut a v shape out of the front and waistband. I sewed that up to make it fit his waist. Then sewed the bottom of the legs into turtle toes. I used the extra length I cut off legs of pants to make long sleeves on the short sleeve shirt. Be sure to use a zigzag sag stitch. No serger needed.

I then took the women’s large shirt and covered the oval pillow. I cut out the two tone fleece and made turtle scales on the shell and a line around the edge. My daughter took a brown Sharpie and did the detailing. We cut out strips of brown felt for the belt We glued the fleece and felt on with fabric glue.

I then took my brown t-shirts and cut small strips and hand sewn them to the shell at the top where his shoulders will be. I then took dark brown felt cutting two pieces into a somewhat oval shape. I then cut a tan color felt into belly “scales”. I glued them on but then machine sewed the scales on one piece of brown felt. I cut cardstock paper a little smaller than dark brown felt. I then sandwinched two pieces of brown felt with cardstock between. I glued it but went ahead and sewed around the edge.

I attached felt belt to only one side of the front of shell, leaving other tie of belt hanging for now.  I sewed the brown tshirt ties to the shell front at shoulders. So to put on he just slides over head and we just attached belt ties together on the front with a badge made of felt with a safety pen glued and sewn to back.

I then decided he needed a hood. I got crescent scraps of green fabric from the once large size tshirt. I used the neck cuff to be the edging of his hood that circled his face. Once I played around with it getting right length and fit I sewed the hood the now long sleeve infant tshirt.

I decided it was too loose so I got some thin elastic and did a tiny cut only on back side of neck cuff. I inserted elastic inside and around fitting it the right length. Tried it on again and it looked great!

I then used a red spandex bookcover to make a bandana. I tacked it by handsewing to the hood so it wouldn’t slip. I used oval pieces of felt sandwiched together along with scrap brown tshirt for the ties and made knee and elbow pads. I used another long strip of brown tshirt to tie his turtle feet like sandals. Oh yeah I rolled up a baby sock and put it in the little turtle toe.

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Batman & Robin Part 2

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Here is the finished pictures of my repurposed costumes sewn from T-shirts. We went to Fall Festival tonight and had a blast!

Robin the Boy Wonder Repurposed Tshirt Costume Part 1

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Here is the process for my son’s Robin costume made out of t-shirts. Check back for an update because its been very busy around here and finding spare time is always a challange. I’m getting excited its really turning out great. I admit not all my plans do.

I started out with a size 7 green t-shirt. My son is actually wearing a size 5T or 6 so he will be able to wear this a while and the bigger neckhole makes it easy for him to pull it on like a body suit when legs attached.

I then bought just the right shade of yellow long sleeve t-shirts in a women’s 2X. I cut off the arms at the shoulder seam. I then cut straight up the front of the now tank shirt. I then cut right under the seam of the neckline to the shoulder. Now what was the neckline is now the ties for the cape. Then cut diagonally on each side to make it look more cape like on sides. So easy I think I will make lots of different colored capes this way.

Back to the green t-shirt. I had him put the shirt on and checked against a Robin photo the angle of the hip portion of the bodysuit. I marked it then took off shirt the cut it in a v shape at bottom. You can just fold shirt in half longways to check its the same. Have him try back on shirt, checking its right against Robin photo. Adjust if needed. Handsew crotch front to back.

Then take yellow sleeves you cut off the 2X shirt. Pin it to the now angled legholes on the green tshirt making sure right side to right side. Handsew sleeves which are now pant legs on. Have child try it on. Ta dah!

Oh he’s really getting excited now! I’m thinking I might make some PJ’s like this too for him. Ideas for later. Looking at photo again we see Robin has a red vest. I found a red size 6 t-shirt. I folded it in half longways and traced the rounded design of the bottom of the vest. I then cut it out and also cut off sleeves since its suppossed to be a vest.

Now the details! Stay tuned to your Bat channel to see how it turns out!

Repurposing T-shirts Into Kids Costumes

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My kids love dress up. We don’t celebrate Halloween but there is a few fall events were kids can dress up. They love to use their imagination and I really need to start building their dress up supplies back up. I think they are getting a little tired of cowboy, pirates and army. I seriously am happy the pirate phase has passed for now. They kept burying things in the yard.

The two oldest boys are going to be Batman and Robin. Not sure about the baby yet. I was attempting to make a paper mache Batman mask but then decided against it since it would not be durable overtime since it will be played with almost daily. My oldest son took his birthday money along with some allowance and bought a Batman cape and mask.

Since my son is “husky” for his age costumes are hard to find. Let alone ones that are not scary. I improvised by getting some grey leggings in the ladies department. My daughter just happened to have a t-shirts in just the right shade of grey. I painted a yellow oval on the chest with acrylic paint and then painted the bat symbol with shiny black fabric paint. Just hopefully it won’t have to be washed before the Fall Festival. We will deal with if it fades in wash later.

Here he is proud with the shirt and leggings together. I added a stretch ladies belt. I’m still figuring what I’m gonna add to the belt for accessories. I am gonna make black felt spats to slide over his ankles to make it look like boots. We have black gloves but I might make felt wristbands to look more like Batman.

Oh and I let him wear a pair of his black briefs over his leggings for the picture but I think I’m gonna alter a pair of my daughters black knit shorts instead. But seriously why do superheros wear their underwear outside their pants anyway?

Made Another Dress!

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Here is my most recent creation. It is one of my favorite. Just so glad I could bring in a little money to help. Oh and here is a curious little kitty trying to figure out whats going on.

Goats and Poodle Skirts

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Krissy our standard Toggenburg doe has been having a real hard time healthwise. First she battled boughts of bottlejaw, which is a severe infestation of worms. Then she got ketosis after Friedrich was born. Now we don’t know whats wrong with her. Another call to the vet and he says its milk fever but her bag is empty! She isn’t even in milk anymore. Sigh. It’s like I have been told that the vets really don’t care about goats.

I asked my friend Suzy her opinion and she says at this point she is either gonna make it or not. She says to keep giving her clear karo syrup and maybe try twice a day instead. We gave her the last of the B12 paste this morning and will give her karo this evening.

I also got a sewing job making a poodle skirt for a lady. I really am trying anyway to help support the family even if its small sewing jobs here or there.

The forcast is rain for monday I last saw 30%. Oh God please send rain. It’s so dry and the pasture and garden need it so bad.

Busy Saturday, March 19

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Scott is out tilling the garden. I just got back from bringing the two finished dresses to the booth. Daughter is working on laundry and I am about to start sewing some more dresses.

Also while I was at the booth I talked to the plant guy and ordered this years tomatos. I ordered 50 celebrity, 50 romas and 10 more early girl. They should be ready on the 1st when we get paid.

Its a shame I dont have my greenhouse done so I could have started my own or even sold extra. Sigh. So next year my goal is to have the greenhouse done and grow my own heritage tomatoes.

I also cleaned the chicken house! Scraped out all the winter build up of poop and clumped bedding. Makes great fertilizer! I then sprayed it all out with a high pressure nozzle. Lastly I filled all the nest boxes with fresh bedding.