Here we start our little journey on making a wardrobe on a budget. There’s not much I love more than sewing custom clothing for my kids. The unique items and the custom fit don’t even compare to store-bought. But if I am completely honest with myself, it is often more expensive than just buying them clothes at Target. Between the patterns and the fabric, the price can really add up. It can be a deterrent for many people who would like to sew. So I gave myself a challenge. I am creating an entire fall wardrobe for one of my girls using only free patterns and repurposed thrift store items or clearance fabrics. The goal is to make each entire outfit for $5 or less. Each item will get a ranking: 1-4 thimbles for level of difficulty and 1-4 clocks for time involvement. Without further ado, here is the first outfit!
First, let’s talk about the top. Pattern: Peasant Dress Pattern by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. Materials: Cotton fabric from thrift store for $1, small amount of elastic Notes: If you can press a straight fold and sew a straight line, you can make this top. Woven fabrics are a great start for nervous beginners.
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And the bottoms. Pattern: Bonny Leggings from Made for Mermaids Materials: polyester/spandex found on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $3 a yard. I used half a yard. Notes: This is one of my most used patterns.
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Total Cost of Outfit: $3

Last fall, Clair (then 9 years old), made a whole bunch of these leggings and sold them at a kids only craft fair. She even made a poster, showing all the different occasions you could wear them. Here she is modeling them as dance shorts.