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I made a simple tee shirt for myself and forgot to lengthen it. I also tried adding twill tape to the back neckline and shoulders like ready-to-wear tee shirts with made the neckline really wide. Basically the shirt was unwearable for me even though I LOVED the fabric. Since I didn’t want to waste the neckline or the hems I upcycled the tee into a dress for my daughter. She’s happy to wear dresses and the Happy Rain fabric fits her spunky personality.

Sewing for the Girl: Upcycled Rain Dress

I used the Happy Rain fabric I designed and had it printed on the interlock blend: a cotton spandex fabric. It’s a nice stretchy fabric with lots of stretch and recovery but not a lot of drape. I love all the print and colors of the raindrops. I didn’t reuse the tee sleeves. Instead I used some contrasting blue rib knit from my stash for the sleeve bands.
I used the free summer nightie sewing pattern from Sew Much Ado. I left off the ruffle because my daughter didn’t need the length and I didn’t need the extra step. And I wanted to reuse the original hem. It’s a great pattern, and I didn’t even use it as a nightie. I have made her some nighties using the pattern and they are great. The pattern fits my daughter’s small frame really well.

Sewing for the Girl: Upcycled Rain Dress

She has already stained the front near the neckband. She stains her clothes almost immediately. I need to remember to keep her in darker clothes so she can’t stain them. But I always gravitate towards lighter colors…

Sewing for the Girl: Upcycled Rain Dress

It’s very play-friendly and great for running around in. She jumps off the couch, rides her bike, and plays in the dirt in the dress. I’m hoping for a couple more warm days before Fall sets in, but she can always wear this with a cardigan over or a long sleeved shirt underneath.

Sewing for the Girl: Upcycled Rain Dress

Author: Heather