Upcycled Underoos

Who remembers underoos?

upcycled underoos girls dress marino bambinos sewing

I proudly rocked them in the early 8o’s, and now Lucia P is too.

upcycled dress

I made this dress out of completely recycled materials.

sewing girls dress

The black knit skirt was made from a bathrobe that I wore while preggie with both kiddos.  The apron and ruffle sleeves were made from a skirt that I bought while living in Hawaii.  The over-sized pom-pom trim is from my mom’s vintage sewing box and the tank is straight out of the 80’s.  It is definitely stitched with memories.

upcycled girls dress

Lucia says “it’s awesome”, and insisted on styling it with my wonderbolt glasses.

underoos to girls dress

I wonder how much longer she will love my homemade creations for?

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It passed the twirl test. Phew.  I’m glad that I took the time to add a ruffle trim.

girls underoos dress

Love is walking hand in hand.

Love is Walking Hand In Hand Dress

And having this little peanut beside me.



  1. Eeek!! I’m loving this, Monica!

  2. last night i was checking my favorite blogs and saw your latest creation for lucia p. love it. the ruffle trim makes it even more special but monica it is just such a darling outfit (major points for it being recycled!!!) that there was no way you wouldn’t have gotten a twirl from it! 🙂

  3. Oh my goodness! I remember my Wonder Woman Set. I loved it! This dress is really amazing. You should open an online store! You are also an amazing photographer. Lucia looks like a natural! I love the ruffle sleeves and pompoms too.

    • I remember the Wonder Woman ones too! I also had a ballerina set and my brother had the Hulk. Thanks for the kind words..Lucia and I are both fans of pom pom trims.

  4. She is so adorable I can’t stand it! I love her style and her personality. You make wonderful things for her Monica!

  5. This is AMAZING! You are one talented Mama.

  6. Awesome!! i love it and wish i could sew

  7. It’s so adorable!!

  8. Totally loving it. Awesome Job 🙂

  9. Your daughter is SUCH a natural!! I CAN’T WAIT to do that with mine…except she’ll be posing with food! lol!

  10. The dress is awesome and she looks great in it!! Happily, she might like your creations for a long to come, my daughter is 14 and still likes things that we make together, or I make for her. 🙂

    • I’m so glad to hear that Rosey! I actually loved my mom’s handmade things all through my teen years too (If only I had her talent!). I’m hoping that LP will too. Thanks for your visit Rosey.

  11. That is awesome! So super cute. I want an adult version! lol!

  12. Brilliant! I love the dress and your photography too. What camera are you shooting with?

    • Hi Jade – thanks so much for the kind words. I shoot with a Nikon D 5100 and all photos are mine unless otherwise stated.

  13. Where the heck is your DIY book? Your kids styles ROCK!

    • Thanks Jesseny. You are so kind. I just wing it and would love to really learn how to sew better. I appreciate your visit! xx

  14. So when are you opening your etsy store? 🙂

  15. Rosa Colon says

    Girl you have serious talent!!! I love this dress so much.

  16. You know I am all about going green/recycling/upcycling and I’ve told you before how AMAZING your designing is. KEEP IT UP. She looks awesome and the vintage look makes this piece so one of kind. So….when are you selling on etsy???

  17. Samra Poole says

    How cute. I love this outfit. Which I was that crafty.


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