Making my own sewing patterns

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get a sewing machine. I love it. And now, I want a serger. Seriously, I can’t stop thinking about making clothes. I remember back when I was about 10 or so, I used to draw all these ridiculous dresses and outfits I wanted to make. I should have studied fashion design.

I’ve figured out how to draw out my own patterns using clothes that currently fit my daughter. Everything I’ve made so far is pretty much limited to an 18 month size… But I figure I’ll work out 24 month size soon. 😉

Here are the things I’ve made for Miss Penelope, all using repurposed/upcycled materials. Woohoo! I still haven’t made it to the fabric market as there’s absolutely no way I would be able to navigate the place with three kids in tow… Someday… But until then, I’m cutting up all the old t-shirts and bedsheets I can find!

Asymmetric pleated dress made from a t-shirt

2 layer dress with deep v-back made from a t-shirt and bedsheets

Bubble dress made from a t-shirt

Shift dress made from a pillowcase and an old skirt

Tunic made from a bedsheet and t-shirt scraps



  1. I love all the outfits you have made. I love sewing for my little girl. In the last year I did alot of jazzing up of pants from her older brother and a few t-shirts. I pick up fat quarters or 1/2 yards of bright fabrics with larger prints and fussy cut out the motifs.

  2. That's a great idea! 🙂 Penny has 2 older brothers, so I have a lot to work with. Do you have any ideas for simple things to make for boys? I haven't made them a single thing, and I'd really like to, but I'm at a loss. I feel like little boy clothes are harder for some reason…

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