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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Have you ever seen upcycled nightgowns before? (*updated)

Wela finished the two special-order nightgowns for the twincesses, and they are FAB!!

Remember that Ro created and requested this unique design:Rose_nightgownrequest_2d

And Ree dreamed up this fancy little ensemble:Marie_nightgownrequest_1d

Well my mom was having an understandably hard time finding a wild-enough variety of knit fabric colors in her local fabric store, so I had the BEST idea (haha, yes I’m calling my own idea good). Went to the Goodwill store and bought a bunch of used t-shirts for a few dollars to create upcycled nightgowns. Oh yeah!!

The shopping was the easy part (I am nothing if not good at shopping). Then Wela slaved away making a pattern, cutting, sewing, serging (because I wanted fun inside-out seams), and all that fancy sewing stuff that I know nothing about. And hold on to your hats folks, because she delivered two awesome nightgowns today that I don’t think the girls will ever take off. And I can’t blame them!DSC_5019LRDSC_5032LR

I know, I know, you only need to see one picture to get the concept, but Ree (left) and Ro (right) were hamming it up so much that I just had to keep clicking. Seriously, with these poses, do you think they've seen me watching America's Next Top Model or something? I thought I had hidden my trashy-tv addiction pretty well... DSC_5033LR DSC_5035LR DSC_5037LR DSC_5091LR DSC_5107LR DSC_5126LR DSC_5135LR

Well I have to go put on my boring-but-comfy Old Navy PJs now, because the girls are dying for a pajama party (naturally), and there is just no good reason to ever turn down a pajama party. Mom, you did the BEST job and the girls just yelled “Thanks Wela” so loud that the neighbors probably think we’re a little nuts (oh well, what’s new?). Hope you didn’t hate making these, because we’re already drawing up new designs for fun summer dresses. Ro says she's designing an "oceany" concept next, with grays, greens, blues, and sand colors. Hee!

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* Update on Friday morning: Well, as expected, the girls refused to take off their new nightgowns this morning. So they blissfully wore them to school, and now they are officially daytime dresses as well. Heh. My mom is going to make a few adjustments to them, like making the shoulder straps more narrow, and then it's on to the next design!

52 comments:

  1. I'm thinking Wella needs an Etsy store. I especially love the striped one on the left. FAB.

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  2. Sooooo cute! Lucky kids to have a grandma like that in their lives. I think those nighties are good enough for day wear!

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  3. Ninotchka beat me to the punch, I was just going to say that Wella could easy sell those online or at a craft fair. EASILY. I would buy one.

    I love the fact that they are made out of used Tshirts.

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  4. You have some absolutely adorable little girls!

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  5. oh my-- those rock! wela-- you've got a ready made business! is she taking orders??!!! love em! (and good job shopping m3!)

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  6. Can I just say MAD SKILL?! The pictures are great and the pajamas are unbelievably adorable!!!!

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  7. I am so impressed! I've got to learn how to sew now. This is the best idea ever!

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  8. Those are gorgeous! The girls are pretty cute too ;-)

    Those would be insanely popular if you/Wella sold them online!

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  9. I was thinking they were too cute for bedtime as well! I'm super impressed with yours and Wela's skills. You make a good team! :-)

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  10. Those are the BEST! Way to go Wela!! Oh yes, and cudos to the designers and models too. Hmmm...wonder if they'll single handedly take over trash tv...I mean reality TV....on both that designer show (that I watch but can't remember the name of) and America's Next Top Model!

    Can't wait to see the dress sketches and the finished products that Wela whips up!

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  11. They look like dresses to me. No need to hide those under a quilt.

    That Wela has some mad sewing skills!

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  12. a) I WANNA Wella!

    b) oh! the 'pout's!!! SOOO model!

    C) silver. sandals.

    I am not going to be happy till i find me a pair!

    are they R's favorite now?

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  13. Who says they have to be night wear? They are definitely day wear, baby! Can't wait to see how they accessorize these :)

    -Heather
    www.godzeera.com/blog

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  14. I would like to order two for my 6 year old. She's a "dress all the time" girl and thes are right directly down her alley. You call them PJ's, I call them a vast improvement over the 3 dresses she's currently obsessed with.

    Not joking... when is Wella opening an Etsy shop, because i'd love to be your first ( or second..third....) customer.

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  15. Good lord am I in trouble when those two get older!!

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  16. Awesome Wela!

    And the Twincesses are soooo adorable!

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  17. WOW!! Fantastic job, Wela!!!! We'll take one of each in a 4T!!!

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  18. Anonymous5/06/2010

    Good Job Wela!
    Wow the girls look stylish, can they design a shirt for Me? :)


    Uncle Bobby

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  19. Kristina5/06/2010

    Wela ROCKS!!! So cool and so right on! Good job shopping M3!! the girls look adorable!

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  20. Wela is the BOMB! Wow! They are so adorable!

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  21. Oh so awesome!I love it that their designs came to life!!! Go Wela!

    And Tuba Dad...I wouldn't worry about the future...you've got your work cut out for you right now

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  22. Wow....lucky kiddos to not only have the best Mom but the best grandma too.

    Those gowns are fantastic. Love the attitude poses.
    :)

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  23. Those PJ's are awesome! Love 'em!

    Donna
    Our Blog: Double Happiness!

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  24. You've let them watch America's Next Top Model, haven't you. Don't deny it, I can tell. They have a runway stomp.

    So, cute... great idea, too. I'll have to remember that when my grandson (to-be) is old enough to want cooler clothes, but young enough to grow out of everything within a minute and a half.

    ~C~

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  25. Can't wait to see what they come up with for prom dresses! (Wait, did I just hear the air get completely sucked out of the room? ;)

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  26. Awesome dresses! Sorry, Wela created such wonderful garments that I just can't see them as pj's. My girls would love them. In fact, is Wela taking orders yet?

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  28. Superb job Wela! And of course the girls did a Fab job of modeling their new pj's!

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  29. Awesome job Wela! The things we Nana's get to do!

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  30. Anonymous5/07/2010

    wow good job Wela :)

    LEE

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  31. I LOVE these. I wish Wela was my grandma too!!

    And your girls?? Soooo stinking adorable with their poses. I don't know how they get more beautiful every day, but they sure seem too!

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  32. Anonymous5/07/2010

    Happy Mother's Day to Wela and M3!

    Boy, are all the girls in this family lucky!

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  33. Anonymous5/07/2010

    They are sooooo darn cute. They would make really cute summer dresses. I think Wela should go into business.

    Karen P.

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  34. Adorable! Wela did an excellent job!

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  35. Fabulous idea!!! I think these look more like dresses than nightgowns - but then we wear our worn out sweats for bed. lol

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  36. OK, these are seriously the cutest nightgowns E.V.E.R! I love them and love Wela for making them for the girls. Wow!

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  37. Anonymous5/07/2010

    Your Mom is like my Mom. We call her grandma but I think everyone needs a WELA. Love it. My youngests speech today is how to make a quilt. I love that she loves my mom that much.

    Smileyalways!

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  38. That might be the prettiest repurposing I've ever seen. Such a simple and great idea...and you know I'll borrow it. After the Halloween outfits, and now I'm addicted to cauliflower and grapes....

    Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Wow, those came out so cool!!!! I bet the girls are SOOOOO proud of their nightgown/dress co-creations with Wela! What a neat project.

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  40. Oh my gosh, they are gorgeous. What a fabulous idea. And, I'm glad you let them wear them to school because they are too darn cute for bedtime only.

    Ooohh, next trip to the Goodwill and I might have to find some tee shirts to make some for my girls. Thanks for sharing the pics.

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  41. Anonymous5/07/2010

    Oh how cute!!! The Love Your World shirt was a Girl Scout t-shirt (some little girl sold a lot of cookies to win that shirt last year)...gives me inspiration for upcycling those no-longer loved Girl Scout camp t-shirts...

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  42. WOWZA! Those would be my 24 hour a day dresses if i had them. They're SO cool!

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  43. Seriously, though, where did those girls learn to model!?!?

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  44. WOW! I missed the whole part that Wella MADE the dresses the first time I read the post. That is crazy!!! Those dresses/nightgowns are soooo cool!!! I want one too!!! Does she take orders? LiLi would look AWESOME in one of them.

    So what is the next design the girls will come up with? I can wait to see what is next!

    Sharyn

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  45. Anonymous5/07/2010

    Please, Wela, make me the adult version of each. LOVE THEM!! Ro and Ree are gorgeous models (& great designers too)!

    Love,
    Aunt Jane

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  46. I love them! Even my husband (who is not into blogs OR fashion) saw the designs and the finished products (well, OK, I dragged him to the computer), and he was in awe. :)

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  47. Their eyes were definitely smizing! You and Wella are geniuses for using clothes from Goodwill. Those nightgowns/dresses are amazing.

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  48. I feel a tad disloyal saying this, but... I want a Wela! (Cuz my momma? Doesn't sew. Nor does she cook.)

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  49. Absolutely fabulous!! I just love the pursed lips Ree has..such a model! :) As soon as Wella has her store up and running, I'll be first in line for a momma/daughter set. :)

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  50. Hey, those designs turned out pretty cute!

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  51. I know this is an older post, but I just read it....

    These are freakin' adorable!!!! And they could definitely wear them as fun play dresses. ;)

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