Behind The Design: What's Old is New

In keeping with the celebration of all things new, we’re thrilled to introduce you to Jessica Moore, an amazing mom and resourceful craftswoman passionate about making old things new again. An architect by trade but a designer by heart, Jessica has blossomed as a brilliant seamstress, transforming second hand clothes into something to be treasured. Her specialty is creating beautiful tiny wears from ordinary men’s dress shirts.

As an architect and mother, reusing material is important to Jessica, but just as significant is the preservation of memories.


Seen here is Jessica’s father’s shirt. She remembers him wearing it often and thought it fun to re-purpose for her daughter. She made the straps long for options to tie in the back or front in a bow or to double wrap the waist and knot in the back.


Jessica sells her one-of-a-kind collections at a local North Carolina boutique and works on commissioned pieces by request. She blogs about her work and her passion here: Little Grey Line.

6 comments (Add your own)

1. kelsey wrote:
Great post about re-using! I personally have a few of these dresses and love them! Not to mention how cute the kids look in them!

Tue, January 3, 2012 @ 3:30 PM

2. thomas wrote:
Our family and extended family have truly enjoyed these dresses and I can attest that seeing your daughter in a dress made from one of your dress shirts is a wonderful moment.

Tue, January 3, 2012 @ 3:36 PM

3. Ebby and Pops wrote:
We are very proud of Jessica's accomplishment and glad she's part of our family.

Tue, January 3, 2012 @ 4:02 PM

4. Jolie R wrote:
Such an amazing idea and simply classic! Great work!!!

Wed, January 4, 2012 @ 8:17 PM

5. heidi wilmoth wrote:
i am a friend of kelsey's. this is amazing!!! i love them !!!i'd love to email you directly about where to find them !!

Thu, January 5, 2012 @ 5:51 PM

6. trulysexy wrote:
Aww, love this. That sweater is fabulous (and so are you!). I have a sweater that's quite faded and several sizes too big, but it's gone through three generations of women in my family and although my mom keeps egging me to get rid of it I don't think I'll ever be able to.

Sun, February 26, 2012 @ 8:32 PM

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