Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day

The colors popped out at me in the endless aisle of children's clothes and as I came closer and closer to the dress I knew that the fabric alone was the thing drawing me in. The dress was bright, and bold, with a print that was beautiful. Made by Hanna Anderson, it looked like it would end just below the knees for a girl wearing size 16. The problem was that Jenny wore size 6 and I wasn't even sure if the fabric was worth buying a dress I could never use. But even so, something about it seemed unusual enough for me to give it a chance, so I looked at the price.

I brought it home for under two dollars and as I looked at it, it dawned on me that it might just work as a long dress for Jenny. Excited about the idea I called her in and checked the length, and lucky for me, it looked like it could work. Taking a pair of scissors to it, I snipped off the sleeves and brought the waist in about 4 inches. Then, I folded the edge around the arms and hinged in the skirt. Sewing up the torso seams, this project took about an hour from start to finish.

Dressing up, Hope.


  1. Pretty Cool! Just reading this and looking at the pics brought up so many sweet memories of my Mom. It was one of her many hobbies to buy some dress or skirt from the store and create something wonderful unique (like designer made) looking. I remember the look on her face, and how she enjoyed the whole process doing it. :) Good job Nadia ! Keep up what you are doing!

  2. Thank you so much! I as well am thankful that my mom knew how to sew, most of what I know just came from watching her. And when I listen to the sound of the sewing machine, it still puts a smile on my heart :)

  3. I loe what you you have done! BEautiful dress and lovely little girl! I have 2 daughters and they would both love this dress.

    how clever!

  4. Hi Nadia!
    It was really great to meet you at the Blogger's Lunch on Sunday - the dress you altered for your daughter is fantastic! I hope you've been able to figure out what you'd like to do going forward with blogging - you have a unique and beautiful voice out here in the blogosphere.
    Thanks for your kind comment and I hope to see you at another Bloggers get-together! I'll be following!

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