Have you ever gone through your little one’s closet and come to the realization that there are more clothes that don’t fit than clothes that do fit? That was me today. I decided to take action. My baby is 6 months old and she is very long… therefore she is wearing size 9 and 12 month clothes. She had a bunch of super cute bubble suits and onesies that were too short but fit big every where else. I decided to see what I could salvage.
Carefully cut the bottom away from the top as close as you can. There is no need to finish the edge on the top because it is knit and will not fray.
This is what you should have.
Cut the top edge straight, taking away as little as possible.
If there are snaps, pop them off with a tiny flat-head screwdriver or similar tool.
Cut away as much of the placket as possible being sure not to cut into the very outside layer of fabric and the very inside layer.
Stitch the placket closed staying on the original seam if possible.
Fold the waistband of the new bottoms in about 3/4 inch and stitch with a wide zig-zag. The zig-zag stitch will allow some stretch in the knit and will keep the thread from breaking. Once again, there is no need to finish this edge or turn it under because the knit will not fray. Be sure to leave a 1 1/2 inch gap unsewn to thread the elastic through.
Measure your little one’s waist for your elastic.
I like to use a safety pin and a stick pin to thread elastic. Fasten one end of the elastic onto the safety pin. It seems to thread smoother if you fold the elastic over before putting the pin through it. As for the tail of the elastic, secure it with a stick pin to keep from pulling it into the casing and having to start over. I learned that lesson the hard way! Thread the elastic back around to the gap.
Remove your pins, overlap the ends of the elastic and stitch over it several times.
Close the gap in the waistband making sure to overlap your old and new stitches to ensure closure.
A dress and bloomers for now….
And a toddler shirt and shorts for next summer!
It took a little more than an hour to finish all three of these “new” outfits!