upcycle baby romper {$1 Loft shirt} | DIY photography

When you have a baby girl, the sky is the limit with the adorable little outfits you can make. Thrift stores are gold mines for finding inexpensive items for handmade creations. I've made a number of rompers and bonnets for June out of women's shirts that are ruffly, lacy, and sheer. And when they only wear it once, you can't beat making an upcycle outfit for only $1. I was hesitant to keep this Loft shirt for myself, but hey, summer is still a ways off, and baby June will certainly look cuter in it.

So how do you make it? Well, each outfit is different depending on the shirt that you're using. I don't draw up a pattern, but I visualize the outfit I want to create and then see how I can best use the different parts of the shirt, such as the hems and finished edges (the less work for me the better)! And since my sewing skills begin and end with sewing in a straight line, I have to get creative with utilizing the parts of the shirt that took a real seamstress to sew. For example, I used the finished edge on the  neck of the shirt as the neck for my romper, and the nice hem at the bottom of the shirt for the bottom of my romper legs. All I really had to do was make a few cuts, sew some straight lines, and add a zipper to the back. All of the frills and ruffles were done for me, so it made this project a breeze and makes me look like a pro ;)

How to make a DIY romper from a sleeveless shirt:

  1. Cut the straps of the shirt along the shoulder seam.
  2. Feed 1/4 inch elastic through the binding along the neckline and synch it a little so it starts to gather. Sew the elastic ends together.
  3. Sew the two ends of the shirt straps together (right sides together).
  4. Starting at the bottom of the front side of the shirt, cut a slit 1/3 of the way up the middle to create the legs.
  5. On the back side of the shirt, cut a slit all the way from the bottom to the top.
  6. Sew each leg together (right sides together).
  7. Sew a zipper between the remaining two cut sides on the back side of the shirt.

That's all there is to it. Super easy, right?! And cheap :) Just wait until you see how sweet it is on! June's 11 month pictures are up next on the to-do list.