Kids grow so quickly, it’s a shame to put away their summer clothes, knowing that their favorite items will likely be too small by the end of next spring. Why not transition some of their favorite summer duds into their fall wardrobe? With a little bit of ingenuity, you can extend the life of your child’s clothes. You can also save a lot of money on back-to-school shopping, since you’ll need fewer new items and can wait a little longer to buy fall clothes. Here are a few tricks that may help.
Add a Belt
Boys don’t have as much of a problem transitioning from a summer wardrobe to fall. Their shorts tend to be long enough to easily meet most dress code requirements. The one thing many boys may need, though, to make sure that their casual summer pants and shorts are up to code is a belt. Get your son a nice quality belt with at least a notch or two for growth and it should last the entire year.
Add a Layer
Summer clothes for girls, at least based on the selections I have seen in recent years, are much less likely to cover enough skin to meet the dress code in real life schools, no matter how short the skirts are on TV. One great way to let your daughter keep wearing her favorite summer clothes into the fall is to add a layer.
My daughters have a few sleeveless tops and summer dresses that are as cute as can be, but most schools require sleeves. I’ve found that lots of items look just as cute with a white cap sleeve t-shirt underneath, or a feminine shrug layered on top. Short, summery skirts can be transformed, too, by layering a pair of leggings underneath, or depending on the style, a white eyelet underskirt.
Add a Ruffle
Sometimes all you need is an extra inch or two on the bottom of a favorite pair of shorts or a skirt. If this is the case, you may consider adding a coordinating ruffle to hem. Adding a ruffle is easy if you can sew at all. Just cut a rectangle of fabric about twice as long as the length of the hem and wide enough to give you the extra length you want on the bottom of your garment. Leave about half an inch of fabric to allow for seams. Hem the fabric along the edges, gather to make a ruffle and stitch in place along the inside hem of the shorts or skirt. If your item is denim, you can use any colorful material you choose. You might even add an applique or two just for fun.
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