Monday, October 1, 2012
Don't trash that sundress!
I was going through some of the kids' clothes the other day and I was about to throw out this halter sundress. It’s fall now and by the time it warms up again it won’t fit my daughter.
I generally donate clothes rather than trash them, but it didn’t even seem suitable for donation since the top was all stretched out.
When I looked at it closer, I realized only the top part of the gathers were stretched out. The bottom half was relatively good. That gave me the idea to make it into a skirt. A skirt can be worn in colder weather with stretchy pants underneath and with the elastic waist, this will last multiple seasons on my rapidly-growing child.
I started by cutting the stretched-out part off. I also cut off the gathered part on the very top. This, I rolled into a rose shape and used a few stitches to hold it together at the base.
I rolled the waist and hemmed it under, pulling it while I sewed to keep the stretch intact. I added the rolled roses near the bottom hem which was otherwise unchanged from the original dress. The last change I made was to take the cord from the neck tie and make it into a bow that I attached near the waist in the front, just for decoration. I was pleased with how it came out and my daughter is looking forward to wearing it.
I recently pulled out some maternity dresses that I decided not to donate and am working on some creative redos of those too. Keep watching for more information.