Lately I have been OBSESSED, yes I do mean obsessed, with going to Salvation Army. In fact in the past couple weeks I have been to four different ones around these areas. I LOVE going in and seeing what treasures are hiding. It definitely takes time and patience but I always come out with a few things. The last time I ventured into this wonderful store I found this old, crocheted, long sleeved shawl or cardigan. Not really sure what you would call it I guess. I bought it with the intentions of using it for my daughter and not myself (and it was half off which was even better). I made her a pair of lace leggings a while back...maybe even a year ago when she was just turning one...crazy how fast time flies. This time it was different though because I was using a piece of clothing and just taking the sleeves off. The sleeves on this article of clothing were bell sleeves so it flared out at the bottom. I immediately envisioned the cutest little pair of flared bottom leggings for her!! They turned out just how I wanted.
Here is a picture of the cardigan before I started to cut into it to give you an idea of what I transformed her leggings into.
Then I took a pair of her little 2T leggings and cut them along the sleeves. As you can see in the pictures below the sleeves were MUCH longer then her little legs would be so I had to improvise a little bit more then I thought I would have to. After I cut out each side I sewed them up the middle and made a casing at the top for the elastic waist. I was wondering how sewing on this particular material would work but I did a tight zigzag and they seem to be holding together just fine and it still allow the material to stretch. I can't even see my stitching or thread which is awesome.
Here is the picture after I sewed everything together and added the elastic to the top. The only problem now was how long they were. So I cut off the bottom at the top of the flared part because that it what I really liked about them and just cut off some length and re-attached them to the bottom. It turned out to work just as well.
Here is the final product on my little sass-a-frass. I call her that because she didn't want to model them for me. In the whole two years of her life she has already determined what she does and does not want to wear. I had to convince her that these weren't so bad (with a little treat) and once I did she kept them on. :)
They are not really lace, they look like they are crocheted. They are really pretty. Look at all the detail.
And again I just LOVE the little toes sticking out. I think she knew that I was taking pictures of her feet so she was posing them for me. :)
Have a spectacular day!!
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