Today is the first of these makeovers, and I want to share a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to create a paint smock or two for your children. My daughter loves to paint and in my experience, washable paint is only washable if you wash it immediately. As a laundry procrastinator, I had to come up with a solution. So, I created a paint smock that would not allow the paint to bleed through to her shirt.
I took a trip to Goodwill, found my inspiration - an old vinyl tablecloth!
I folded the tablecloth in half lengthwise, and cut it in this shape (I just eyeballed it, but you could always fold a halter dress in half lengthwise and lay it on the tablecloth as a guide). Then I took some contrasting ribbon and made two strips to tie around her neck and two to tie around her back and pinned them in place.
I then cut enough to sew around the edge of the paint smock (folding it in half lengthwise as I sewed). I used green thread to make it more playful and because I didn't have yellow thread to match the ribbon. And, I was done.
But then I decided it would look cuter with a pocket, so I cut a rectangle, sewed ribbon around the edges and sewed it to the smock on the sides and bottom of the pocket. I pictured the pocket getting used to hold paint brushes, etc., but I found that it is really just there for looks...in 2 years, it has never been used :)
My daughter was 2 years old at the time I made this and my niece was 8 - it fit both fine...so I know it will last her at least six years.
And, a quick picture of the back...
Let the painting begin!