It's could go either way - I am not sure! Whichever, I am pleased that I achieved what I set out to do - and have been planning to do for some time - which was turn an adults skirt into a girls dress.
I searched for a tutorial on how to make the dress "pillowcase"style, but couldn't find anything close. So I winged it. Perhaps it looks it? I'm not sure, flushed with the success of having a finished project that I am! (and notice the child admiring herself in the glass doors opposite her...it has started already!)
So, I started with this: a size 8 woman's skirt from the salvos, cost me $2.50. A slight a-line shape to it, with a nice girly ruffle at the bottom. Pretty, romantic fabric, yes? After thinking about it, I went and found a dress that fits the girl in question, and traced around the armhole. Made me a pattern - for "next time"! ;-)Deep breath, and cut. And I stopped taking photos there, as I had to use my brain and it hurt a tiny bit...the skirt was lined with a lovely light lawn, and after the thinking, I was able to make the armholes nice and neat by sewing the lining and dress together. There was more thinking and a wee bit of unpicking involved as well, as I decided to use the waistband of the skirt to thread the ribbon through for straps. And that then required a bit more thinking as there is a zip in the back of that there skirt. And then the search for enough wide ribbon for the straps (lets say supply is now exhausted).
But I got done, just as the big girl came home from school to try on her new dress.
Now here is where you come in dear readers: is this a creation that is successful enough for a public outing, with neater hair and nice big flower clip or pretty headband? Or should we just keep it at home for a nightie or play dress (possibly just a nightie, knowing how the play clothes are mistreated around here!).
Let me know your thoughts, before I embarrass the child and make her wear this in public!