As we were heading to her daughter’s birthday party the following week, I was asking my friend Lisa what her daughter is into right now.
Lisa is a Matilda Jane Clothing Trunkkeeper, so when she said she had an old holey MJC dress that I could use, I knew a perfect gift for her little girl, Corinne!
I decided to use the pocket as a top, with the trim on the pocket becoming the top of Stacie’s tunic/dress. I cut off both straps and used them to create a halter neckline in front. The ruffled neckline became a ruffle on the bottom of the dress/tunic. And the bodice material became pants.
Originally, my plan was to tie in a bow behind the neck, but it was too bulky on Stacie’s little frame, so I cut two small slits in the back of the dress and slipped the straps through to make the top a tie-back.
Of course, once the outfit was done, it needed one last touch: tags! I scanned in the original dress’s tag, then shrunk it way down and printed it out on iron-on transfer paper.
These tags totally make the outfit for me!
The simple pants construction is the same as in my upcycled t-shirt pants tutorial, only on a mini scale. I used Stacie’s original shorts as a size template to cut the pants.
Craftiness? Upcycling? Gift-giving? Ruffles? This project practically had it all for me! Wheee!