I am a very oddly sentimental person. I lean towards being a minimalist but also believe in valuing objects that represent a feeling, event or memory. During my baby shower my dear friend Becky gifted me with a beautiful dress. It was exactly my style of dress but in a miniature version. When Lola was born she wore it frequently. At times she looked like she was swimming in it and then as she aged, the dress kept getting tighter and tighter. She wore this dress so much, I could no longer get the stains out without ruining the delicate fabric.
One morning Lola woke up and the dress no longer fit. I left it hanging in her closet because neither one of us could truly part with it. The days passed and the dress got pushed further back behind other dresses. It had almost become forgotten until a terrible two tantrum.
Lola did not want to wear any of her clothes. She went through almost everything in her closet until she saw her favorite dress. Lola insisted that she wear the dress with big crockadile tears in her eyes. In a moment of motherhood despair, I told her I could make it into a tutu. She then calmed down and was excited for me to bring it to the shop to fix it. I wanted to take pictures of the process to share. Just in case you too have a little girl that desperately wants to wear her favorite dress just one more time.
At the shop I first cut the top off of the dress. I left enough seam allowance for an elastic band and hem. After carefully pinning the dress, I sewed around the waist and left an 1″ open. I then pushed the elastic through this opening.
This was when Lola started to get really excited! She could finally see her dress coming back to life. I asked her to try it on so I could correctly get the length for the waist. She began dancing all around. After much wriggling, I pinned the elastic at a comfortable place for her and sewed an X to secure it. I then closed the opening where I fed the elastic through.
Lola couldn’t wait to put it on! We went out to dinner at our favorite Italian Restaurant afterwards. She was so excited to twirl around in her new/old favorite fashion piece.