When Josh began joking with Carli about how much money she had spent on fabric, the expectant mom’s focus changed. In fact she decided to have a rummage through the pile of clothes that were intended for the thrift store. Was there anything she could repurpose? With enough practice behind her, she was confident she could put their old clothes to good use.
In the pile, Carli found a rose-colored, striped top that her husband no longer wanted. The 25-year-old seamstress recognized it immediately. As she recalled to the Today show in August 2018, “[Josh] wore that when we were dating. I just thought it was adorable.” And she thought it would be a cute addition to two-year-old Amelia’s wardrobe.
So Carli used the skills she had taught herself and got sewing. What she produced was a cute pink sun dress that Amelia did indeed looked adorable wearing. It inspired the mom-of-three to continue with her up-cycling. Indeed, the next shirt of her husband’s that she transformed held an extra-special significance.