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I’ve seen many pins on Pinterest about turning old t-shirts into other things like tanks, quilt squares, onsies but I had never attempted anything like that myself….no time like the present! So I packed up the 15mo and headed off to Value Village in search of some “cool” old tees that would make a fun tank top.

I found a sweet black tee with the Atari sign on it and another that simply said “confusion”. I’m sorry I passed on the homemade picture tee with two dogs on it, their names Maggie and Ivy written on the bottom, because when I went back today it was gone insert sad face. Seriously though, who else would have wanted that??? And why haven’t I met them yet since obviously we are kindred spirits!

Going to VV two days in a row is not unheard of for me but wouldn’t have been necessary at all had I not shown the tees to my DH who then claimed them as his own! Of course.

So there I was, no shirt but the strong desire to turn something ANYTHING into a tank top. I looked at the pitiful pile of shirts I call a wardrobe and nothing was jumping out at me. I almost gave up then remembered the pile of unwanted items I had set aside for donation and jackpot! The Juno shirt! I was pregnant for Halloween two years ago and wore the obligatory Juno costume, nobody on our route seemed to understand…..I prefer to think they’re the ones losing out because of their lack of excellent cinematic viewage. Is viewage a word? Probably not…..just go with it mmmkay?

So anyway…..I started out with a plain baseball shirt

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And cut the sleeves off

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Okay so I may have forgotten to take a picture before I cut the sleeves off so I faked it……

Then I cut the edge of the sleeves off to use as straps

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I saved the rest of the sleeve to turn into edging but I liked the rough cut formed by my scissors and the leftover serged seam.

At this point I was ready to attach the straps but Ralph thought I needed a hand paw

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I just used a simple straight stitch to attach the strap but I may rip it out and use a zigzag/straight combo for better strength.

And then I was done!

But of course what project is complete without proper inspection?

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It has the Cheese seal of approval 😉

Halloween is approaching once again and the fun of costuming my willing little partner began…

He had a hard time choosing this year jumping back and forth between Mario to a “Transpormer” and then to Spiderman and Thor (only because of the giant hammer!) and back to Mario…… I had to step in.

My mother and I went on a scouting visit to Value Village to see what was available there for a feisty five year old. I discovered that unless I wanted him wielding swords, hammers, knives or any other weapon I needed to keep looking and that’s when I found the used costume rack for kids (YAY! for people who take care of stuff!). I found a Mario costume in really good condition for only $5.99. Sure it was missing the hat and fake mustache but like that would stop me! So after purchasing the costume and some black makeup for a mustache we were off to Fabricland.

And $10 later we had a pattern and some material.

I took a few pictures of the progress….

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Don’t let the pictures fool you, this pattern was a bitch to follow for a non-patterny person such as myself, but I muddled my way through and the end results are fantastic.

Costume and Makeup – $6.50
Hat pattern and fabric – $10
The boy’s pure awesomeness – priceless.

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*Burda Kids pattern 9507 “D”
*Boiled Wool, red.

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From the mad scientist.

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