I'll be honest, I didn't actually know yesterday was Earth Day until I started going through Google Reader last night and read about everyone else's enviro-friendly projects. Luckily, I just happen to have one to share-- finished this morning, and photographed with a chocolate bribe.
A while ago I bought two men's shirts, with the idea of making myself a romper out of one of them. Although my romper attempt failed, I did get an outfit for each of the girls out of it, so I consider that a success. Here is the shirt:
Your basic men's cotton shirt, size large, in a cheerful blue and white ticking. It's soft and worn in, but not at all showing wear.
Here is the "after":
Audrey's is basically a pillowcase-style dress with a draw string neckline. I kept the buttons from the original shirt intact, and added ruffles on either side. I knew it was going to be short, so I made little shorts from the scraps. Audrey loves the little pocket-- she wants two, she told me. We'll see. I love the orange accents. Blue and orange is one of my favourite colour combos.
Lily's little capri pants were the first thing I made, using the shirt sleeves. The cuffs are the feature here, and we can undo them and roll them up into shorts. I used the shirt tail to create a waistband, and then added a little white flower button for accent. The top is made from one of her Daddy's old cotton shirts. I added a channel for elastic, and finished the edges. I resisted the urge to add blue and white ruffles to this one because a white top in the summer is so practical. Instead I made a little rosette and just pinned it on. Look closely (or not so closely) and you'll see that the shoulder's are really uneven-- I'm going to re-cut the longer side so they match.
These outfits will be so cute for our trip to the coast of North Carolina next month. Both girls say they are very comfy-- and Mommy says they are very beachy.