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Thrift Shopping for Back to School (Part Two: DIY Adult to Toddler Tee Redo)

Adult to Toddler Tshirt


More from our thrifty back-to-school wardrobe! I mentioned that I had picked up a few adult-sized shirts that I wanted to refashion for Eva and this is one of them. Buying adult shirts is a little bit tricky because they’re usually priced higher than kid shirts, but if you find something you love for the right price it can be worth it. I saw this Disney shirt on the Juniors rack and loved the colors and the fuzzy Bambi on the front.

This redo is super simple – I basically just took the shirt apart at the seams and cut it down using one of Eva’s other shirts as a guide. I barely changed anything stylewise on the shirt. The only change I really made was that I flared the hem of the shirt and pulled it as I stitched it so that it would pucker. I saw something similar in a kid’s store a while back and wanted to experiment. Verdict: love it! It’s just different enough to make the t-shirt interesting.

The whole outfit Eva is wearing in the photos came in at $8:

  • Cap: $1
  • Shirt: $3
  • Skinny jeans: $2
  • Legwarmers: $1
  • Boots: $1 (picked up at a garage sale earlier this summer)

To see everything we picked up at thrift stores for Eva, check out the first post in the series: a back-to-school wardrobe for $100.

(Note: It also cost me 25 cents to get these photos because Eva needed to be bribed into taking a break from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood to pose. Poor put-upon child of a blogger.)





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  • Reply Hope at Disneyland

    Great job! I had seen this Bambi top a while ago and loved it. I’m glad you found it and that you were able to size it down to Eva level.

    September 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm
  • Reply Jenn Alex Brockman

    That’s awesome! Sadly both my girls are much bigger than that. My oldest has had bigger………everything for years now.

    September 3, 2013 at 11:29 pm
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