I was totally going to call this post "Toddler Shirts from Old Adult T-Shirts" but I realized that sounded like I was re-purposing old people clothes. I made each of these tops from a shirt a friend gave me. I can't wear them because I'm too pregnant, but Autumn needed new clothes, so dehr you go.
Making kids' clothes (boys and girls) from your old clothes is super-easy. No really, it is. Just take a shirt of the kid's that fits him/her well, lay it on top of your shirt, and start cutting. I like to line up the hem of the shirt and sleeves when possible. Cut 2 identical pieces for the shirt body, and cut the small sleeves out of your big sleeves. Sew it all together with straight stitches and don't worry about finishing the edges; it's knit, so they won't fray.
Shirred Neckline Detail
This one was cute, with a sun and cloud and trees. I used shirring on the neckline because I cut it too big, and only one line of shirring stretches really easily, so though it looks like it chokes her I promise it doesn't.
Here's a picture of Autumn wearing a shirt that used to have a delicate bird on the front. In re-sizing it and giving it an empire-waist, I accidentally cut the bird's head off. I don't think he felt it, though.
Who says having kids is expensive? (I know I'm going to eat those words one day...)