For these tops, I used old shirts and-- ready for it?-- ruffle fabric! I love me a good ruffle, so I'm slightly addicted to this stuff. Sure, for someone who tries only to buy fabric when she has a gift card or a coupon, it can be a little on the pricey side, but look at these adorable results!
I made this top for the little peanut out of an old t-shirt of mine that I had stained. I actually had stained it quite some time ago, but I held onto it because I thought it was pretty fun and maybe-- just maybe-- that stain would come out?? It didn't. But now the shirt has a new and better life anyway!
Then yesterday, I grabbed a shirt my father-in-law had given me to use and started cutting. The shirt itself, as you can see, is a peachy orange. I had some electric blue ruffle fabric that I thought would be fun.
(After all, it had yielded these adorable leggings!)
I cut two sleeves and threw them on.
But as I was sewing, I caught a glimpse of some orange ladybug buttons I had bought on clearance a while back. Riley loves animals (and bugs kind of fit in that category, right?), so I decided to spice up her top with those. And one more ruffle couldn't hurt, so I backed them up with that. Turned out pretty cute, right?
By the way, I tried using my new Photoshop software for this last photo, but I haven't looked at any instructions, I've never really used editing equipment, and I have no idea what I'm doing... It shows, don't it. :) And don't you love how Riley's being so fashionable and posing with her super-cool flip brush? She's so chic, that one.
Riley-girl was a huge fan of the result. She likes orange; she likes ladybugs; she really likes that she can say she's wearing one of Papa's shirts. Win-win-win. And she can wear it to cheer on the Wheaton College teams. Even better. :)
**tutorial coming soon!