Isn't this just one of the prettiest dresses you have ever seen? Yes that was a rhetorical question because I know it is.
I was so delighted that Trinity won it in a giveaway from the lovely Ella Bean Clothing and she has been wearing it as much as possible over the summer and through the Autumn. Until, alas, as babies tend to have the habit of doing, she grew out of it.
I managed to squeeze her into it a few more times leaving the buttons undone at the back but in the end I resigned myself to the fact that it was going to have to be passed on for someone else to enjoy.
But then I did something very brave (well brave for me anyway!). I decided I would attempt to make it into a skirt so that Trinity could get a bit more wear out of it and I wouldn't have to part with this dress that I love so much.
Now to put this in context, even sewing a name label onto a piece of school uniform used to fill me with dread (no - that is not the reason why we now homeschool but I suppose it is one of the advantages of homeschooling). I am just not someone who is very good with a needle and thread. When I have attempted to sew anything before I have ended up having to bin the item as it has ended up a complete disaster - so this was definitely Brave with a capital B for me.
I dug out an old brown alice band and then started to chop off the top half of the dress.
Then I proceeded to (very messily) stitch on the headband to the 'skirt' to form a sort of elasticated waist.
And this is what I ended up with...(It's ok you can uncover your eyes...it DID work out fine)...
...a lovely Autumn skirt that should see Trinity through the rest of Autumn, Winter and quite possibly even next Spring.