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Utah mom goes viral for turning her husband's old shirts into clothes for her daughters

An Instagram photo of Stephanie Miller's daughter wearing the full dress shirt and the refashioned one.
An Instagram photo of Stephanie Miller's daughter wearing the full dress shirt and the refashioned one.
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A Utah woman found a unique way to give her children “hand-me-down” clothing — by taking them from her husband.

Stephanie Miller of Salt Lake City told ABC News and “Good Morning America” this week that she has repurposed her husband’s clothes for her daughters.

She’ll rework her husband’s old dress shirts into cute dressed for her daughters, ages 3 and 4. She also has two sons, a 5-year-old and 5-month-old.

Miller, who graduated from BYU with a degree and teaching certificate in fine arts and taught drawing and painting classes, said she lost some of her creative passion once she gave birth to her first child. Miller told HuffPost that she “felt a loss of identity” after the “shock of motherhood.”

She said her small apartment, the unhealthy fumes of her paintings and a new baby made life difficult.

So her husband, Jon, bought her a sewing machine, according to HuffPost, in order to help her find her passion again. She first used it to make stuffed animals.

Things changed. Stephanie Miller said she started feeling happier.

The hobby only grew from there, as did her creative passion. Soon an idea came to her when one of her husband’s shirts shrank.

“Last Christmas I bought my husband some nice dress shirts for work,” the 27-year-old, told ABC News. “We were spring cleaning and getting rid of some stuff in March, and on the top of his get-rid-of pile was one of the shirts I had just given him for Christmas. He said it shrunk when he washed it but I told him I’m keeping it.”

But then, thanks to YouTube, she learned how to make dresses.

Now, she’s all-in on the refashioning. It helps, too, that her 3-year-old daughter enjoyed the clothes, wearing them for three days in a row.

Miller said her daughters prefer certain styles, though, so it’s a constant challenge to make clothes they like.

Miller said the hobby helped her escape postpartum depression, something that 10 percent to 15 percent of mothers suffer from after giving birth, according to the nonprofit Postpartum Progress Inc.

“It totally got me out of a slump,” she told ABC News. “Just having an outlet besides being a mom I think is so important. It’s so important for us to have hobbies and dreams and aspirations outside of our children. It’s important for them to see their parents follow their dreams because it gives them liberty to follow their own dreams. It also lets them know they’re not the center of the universe.”

Miller told HuffPost it’s important for her children to see her act in a creative way, since it shows her acting passionate about a hobby. It shows them, she said, that they should follow their dreams.

She said anyone who can create something beautiful or creative on their own will be fulfilled.

“The more we take time to be creative,” she said, “the more beautiful the world around us becomes.”