Buying clothes for kids who seem to go up a size every time you blink can be a frustrating and expensive experience, but who has time to create clothes from scratch?
Stephanie Miller is one of those people that actually enjoys making clothes, but she’s found a fun twist on the traditional DIY method — transforming her husband’s old dress shirts into adorable outfits for her daughters.
The mom-of-four has a degree in fine arts, but after having her first child and suffering postpartum depression, she found it impossible to continue her oil painting.
Another refashion from one of @letsbuyutah's shirts. I let her pick out the shirt she wanted and I think this romper turned out so cute. This was my first time making shorts and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. #littleromper #littleromperbabes #sew #refashion #transform #transformation #diy #red #sewing #sewingproject #diy #mothermakes #newoutfit #mensdressshirttogirlsdress #mensshirt #mensdressshirts #daddysshirt
After teaching herself to sew by watching YouTube videos and following seamstresses on Instagram, Stephanie told Babble: “Sewing helped break my postpartum and honestly made me happy.”
When her husband first cleaned out his closet, Stephanie saw the opportunity to make something great. She can now make dresses for her daughters in less than an hour, and they are often dyed and embellished with ruffles, pockets, and funky sleeves.
I have a little tutorial coming of how to make this dress yourself. It is so easy and so cute. Also, I love having these two girls only 12moths apart. They are such great friends and I'm excited to see their friendship grow as they get older. #sewing #sew #diy #diysew #dyisewing #mothermakes #refashion #sewfun #mensshirt #beforeandafter #beforeandafter #doityourself #crafts #quicksew #quicksewingproject
"I've loved transforming men's dress shirts into dresses for my girls," she wrote on Instagram. "It is a faster way to finish a project because the buttons and hemming is already done on the shirt. Also, fitting clothes on little kids is so much easier than on myself."
"Making and creating is such an important process to me, and I believe everyone can create something beautiful in their life that brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment," she said. "When we take unorganized material into our hands and mold it into something that did not exist before, it invigorates the soul."
I wanted to show you this dramatic transformation of what these dresses started as and what they became. I love how much the color enhanced the look of these dresses. #mensdressshirttogirlsdress #beforeandafter #transform #transformation #sew #dyeclothes #dye #whitetoblue #whitetopink #diy #littlegirldress #mothermakes #girlsdress #newdress
The mom also hasn’t lost her artistic touch, with her Instagram account littered with paintings she gifts to friends and family — and even does the occasional commission if you’re lucky.
This post was written by Kate Wagner. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.
Check out how to make this sweet DIY knot cushion.