This mother transforms her husband’s old shirts into outfits for her daughters
Posted August 29
Before you throw away the shirt that shrank, consider how it can be repurposed. Because it can become way more than a rag to use around the house-as this mom is proves.
Stephanie Miller has cleverly taken her husband’s old button-down shirts and turned them into the most adorable dresses and rompers for her kids. Miller’s always been creative, but it wasn’t until she saw her husband throwing away a shirt she’d gotten him for Christmas that she decided to use her talents to create the most adorable clothing for her family.
“I was like, ‘Why are you getting rid of that? I bought that for you!'” Miller told TODAY Style. “He told me it shrunk. So I said, ‘Why don’t I keep this, and I’ll try to make something out of it?'”
And based on the before and after photos she posted to Instagram, Miller’s become quite good at repurposing those button-down shirts.
I really love this dress!! This is my favorite dress I've made in a long time. I've been wanting to try out this sleeve and I'm so happy with how it turned out. #bellsleeves #whitedress #wedding #flowergirl #transformation #refashion #remake #mensshirt #girlsdress #sew #sewing #sewingproject #nopattern #inventive #create #mothermakes
She’s created dresses and rompers for her little girls, and the responses from folks online are filled with the appropriate levels of awe and admiration.
I've loved transforming men's dress shirts into dresses for my girls. It is a faster way to finish a project because the buttons and hemming is already done on the shirt. Also, fitting clothes on little kids is so much easier than on myself. I made both of my girls pinafore dresses and it only took me a hour on each dress. The girls love their dresses and didn't want to take them off to sleep which made my tired mama heart swell. #pinaforedress #sewing #sew #refasion #transformation #beforeandafter #sewfun #mothermakes #diy #quicksew #quicksewing
“Bravo what an inspiration,” one fan wrote.
“These are so sweet! Is there a tutorial,” wrote another.
And thanks to the positive reactions, Miller has said she’ll post tutorials, at least for this darling dress. So that’s definitely something to look forward to!
I have a little tutorial coming of how to make this dress yourself. It is so easy and so cute. Also, I love having these two girls only 12moths apart. They are such great friends and I'm excited to see their friendship grow as they get older. #sewing #sew #diy #diysew #dyisewing #mothermakes #refashion #sewfun #mensshirt #beforeandafter #beforeandafter #doityourself #crafts #quicksew #quicksewingproject
According to Miller, it’s not difficult to make these for her children, and they really love the finished product, which makes the work worth it.
“It is a faster way to finish a project because the buttons and hemming is already done on the shirt. Also, fitting clothes on little kids is so much easier than on myself. I made both of my girls pinafore dresses and it only took me a hour on each dress. The girls love their dresses and didn’t want to take them off to sleep which made my tired mama heart swell,” she wrote on Instagram.
These two are seriously the cutest and mimic each other's every move. They are exactly a year apart which was a shock to @letsbuyutah and I when we had a three month old and found out I was pregnant. I didn't think my one-year-old girl would even understand what was going on in 2014, but I'll never forget her reaction at the hospital meeting for the first time. She squealed, giggled, and squeezed our brand new baby girl and would not let go. She could hardly say four words but her excitement said it all; like she remembered her from before. I have no doubt these two were meant to be sisters and meant to be close.
She’s hoping to inspire others to follow their passions.
"I want to improve the world around me through my art and hope to inspire others to do the same," she told Huffington Post. "Making and creating is such an important process to me, and I believe everyone can create something beautiful in their life that brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment."
She’s certainly making your Instagram feed a better place, and with those tutorials to come, your kids’ closets will be better, too!