Even before Robin was born, I knew that I’d be re-purposing Josh’s clothes for her. Luckily, she’s girly no matter what and since she’s the little sister of a very boyish boy, we don’t have to worry about balance.
Julie Kundhi’s blog, specifically, this post, inspired me way back when. Also, Robin gets mistaken for a boy all the time. She gets mistaken for a boy even if she’s wearing sparkly pink glitter shoes and pink pants. But if she’s wearing a green or blue shirt, fuck that: BLUE AND GREEN ARE FOR BOYS! I get particularly aggravated at this because I am always being mistaken for a guy. Because I wear jeans and tee shirts and I don’t have enormous breasts. Because girls aren’t allowed to wear tee shirts about comic strips or video games unless you’re a size small with DDD+ breasts and the tee shirt is two sizes too small. Instead of bitching, let’s get on to the shirt:
It’s so freaking awesome, though. I wish I had one in my size. How can you not love this?
I took an XL tee shirt that never gets worn and cut off 6″ from the bottom. No extra seaming + no hemming = happy lazy mom.
Here is a picture showing how big and long this shirt is on Robin already. Pro tip: let your model wake up for 10 minutes before demanding a photo:
Now, I spent a fair amount of time futzing over the skirty ruffle (ruffly skirt?). I thought I should ruffle the skirt part by hand to make sure it would fit the shirt and I wanted to test the length anyway. It was way super long so I cut to 4″and said screw it to hand prep. I just threw it on the machine and sewed it to how I felt it would work best. And it worked.
The tee shirt is perfect for a lazy seamstress. There is a double hem so I just pulled the gray part up and went to it. You can’t see any stitches and it let me get it done in about 10 minutes. FYI: for ruffles you should choose a fabric at least twice as big as what you’re ruffling. I wouldn’t have minded a more pronounced ruffle on this but it serves its purpose. It is a little bit long, but the shirt is big, too and I know I’ll get a lot of mileage out of it. And when it’s too short to wear alone, she can wear shorts with it. I am definitely going to make more of these since Robin has a ton of hand me downs from Josh.
With this new tee shirt dress and flower sandals…I am sure that people will still think she is a boy. Whatever, I think she’s awesome!