My first-grader-to-be visited recently. She fell in love with a dress I keep for all the grandgirls in the princess bedroom. Unfortunately it was too short to wear outside the palace. When she left, I told her I would try to find one in her size. I spent several sessions looking on the internet. The largest size was 6x, and even ebay didn’t offer any that size for sale. With her birthday looming, I started working outside the box. I found several dresses close to the style she liked, but they fell into the too-fancy-to-wear-everyday category, and I wanted her to have it to enjoy for more than for just one or two fancy parties.
When I started looking at tutus, the idea clicked. I could easily make a dress with a t-shirt and a large size tutu. I found a t-shirt I loved in the right size, but those tutus all seemed too short. Finally I ordered one that looked like it would work for length, but I was unsure enough that I wouldn’t have done it if it hadn’t cost under $5. When it arrived, I almost sent it back. The size guidelines said, “6 to 7 year old.” The waist was barely 16 inches. My 3-year-old granddaughter could wear it as a floor-length skirt!
After looking at it a few days, I thought I’d give it a try before throwing in the towel. I started by snipping the thread of the stitches in the back seam and catching the elastic. That was the problem. Once I pulled it out, sha-bam! It was perfect.
Lining up the inside seams took a little precision handling, but I pinned the out side of the skirt and shirt together carefully and used a zigzag stitch to lay the seams overlapping each other. This kept the t-shirt hem out of sight. After a lot of time thinking, the actual time spent unsewing and then sewing was less than 15 minutes.
I can’t wait to see her tear off the wrapping paper!