A Budget Wardrobe: Petal Dress

A Budget Wardrobe: Petal Dress

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Pattern:  Petal Wrap Dress and Tunic from Twig and Tale (Free with code on website)

(The shirt is the 5K Tee that I used in another post. This is the long sleeve version.)

Materials: Wool blanket from thrift store, cotton fabric that was given to me, sew-in snaps

Notes: This was a quick project. It’s fully lined but don’t let that sound intimidating to you. Lining an item is an easy way to get a professional look and, get this, it’s actually easier to sew. 

I love this pattern company. They are based in New Zealand and they have a fun and unique perspective. I own two of their patterns and both give tips on how to use recycled materials to make their garments. 

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Total Cost of Outfit: $3

A Budget Wardrobe: Cloud 9 Tee and Ollie Pants

A Budget Wardrobe: Cloud 9 Tee and Ollie Pants

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Pattern: Cloud 9 Tee by Striped Swallow Designs (Free with code from Facebook group)

Materials: Polyester/spandex found on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $3 a yard. I used under a yard.

Notes: Here is, yet again, a dolman style shirt with sleeve and bodice all one piece. What makes it long sleeves is the rectangular piece that is sewn onto the short sleeve. This is a great first pattern for someone who wants to make a long sleeve shirt.

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the bottoms.

Pattern: Ollie Summer Shorts and Pants by Misusu Patterns (Free from the files in their Facebook group)

Materials: cotton fabric found on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $2 a yard, accent fabric that was given to me, elastic

(Here’s a tip: Tell people you are sewing! Lots of people have a fabric stash that they don’t want and don’t know what to do with. Some of my favorite projects came from fabric that was given to me.)

Notes: I absolutely love this pattern! It is so different and fun. And the pockets are huge! If you want to sew woven fabric right though, it takes time. These took me just under an hour. For every seam I sewed it, serged it to keep from fraying, and then top stitched. You could definitely skip some of those steps but your finish product will not look as nice.

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Total Cost of Outfit: $5

A Budget Wardrobe: Magnolia and Bummies

A Budget Wardrobe: Magnolia and Bummies

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Pattern: Magnolia Top and Dress by Stitch Upon a Time
Materials: Knit skirt that had lost it’s elastic from thrift store, $3.50
Notes: This is a cute and simple dress with options to give it more details. If you join the Stitch Upon a Time Facebook group there is a file that includes the drawstring waistband, cuffed sleeves, and a curved hem. The only thing I used from the extra pack here is the drawstring. This is another pattern that does not have separate sleeve pieces but is all-in-one. It’s known as dolman style.

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The bottoms
Pattern: Bummies by Brindille & Twig
Materials: Leftover fabric from another project
Notes: Every girl needs a good pair of shorts to go under their dresses. These are kind of a shorts/bloomers hybrid.

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The hat
Pattern: Beanie by Made for Mermaids
Materials: Scraps from an old sweater of mine that I used for another project
Notes: A super fast project

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Total Cost of Outfit: $3.50

A Budget Wardrobe: Ringer Tee and Little Wanderer

A Budget Wardrobe: Ringer Tee and Little Wanderer

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Pattern: Ringer Tee by Brindille & Twig
Materials: old sweater from my closet
Notes: If you do not like hemming, this is the pattern for you. It uses bands for the sleeves and the bottom. I did not have enough fabric to make a solid back, so I just seamed it down the middle. I’m going to guess that if I had not pointed it out, you wouldn’t have noticed. 🙂 Many store-bought shirts have this as a design feature so just go with it! No one has to know you didn’t do it on purpose. I also took advantage of the ribbing on the original sweater for the waistband and sleeves.
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The bottoms
Pattern: Little Wanderer by Thread + Grain
Materials: Knit dress with holes in it from the thrift store, $4.50
Notes: This skirt is a simple half-circle skirt with a high/low hem. It is super easy and even comes with optional pockets. I’ve made a few of these and I don’t always hem it. Knit fabrics can be left raw and won’t fray.
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Total Cost of Outfit: $4.50

A Budget Wardrobe: 5K Tee and Romperall

A Budget Wardrobe: 5K Tee and Romperall

The top
Pattern: 5K Tee by Elliedactyl (pattern is free with a code once you join their Facebook Group)
Materials: Camisole from Walmart, $1, leftover fabric from a black skirt from the thrift store
Notes: I love this pattern for repurposing. It uses a technic called color-blocking, which allows you to use scraps and unusually shaped cuts of fabric. This pattern used a neckband, which is pretty common in knit tops. Just sew slow and pin often. This top is great because it can be used for boys and girls. Boys often get left out of the sewing pattern game. 🙁

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The bottoms
Pattern: Romperalls by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop (pattern is free after joining Facebook group or their newsletter)
Materials: thrift store knit skirt, $3.25, snaps
Notes: This is a harem style pant with a partial lining. The leg seams are super easy. I’m giving this on 3 thimbles simply because of the snaps. This is also a great unisex pattern.

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Behold! My first foray in photo backdrops. Just ignore the wrinkles. 🙂

The hat
Pattern: Free Slouchy Beanie by Patterns for Pirates
Materials: Leftover fabric from top and bottoms
Notes: A super quick sew, just about anyone can make. Again, my middle girls (ages 7-10) have all made one.

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Total Cost of Outfit: about $5