I love this dress. LOVE it. However, recently, the seams started to go and when I restitched them, it took up enough fabric to cause the dress to pull in weird places, causing an unflattering bubble effect around the bottom. As much as I pulled and belted and adjusted, I knew I wasn't going to wear it again. Sob. Thus, it was ready to be given away.
But then, I decided to (save up for a new one) turn it into a dress for little Miss O.
I used parts of this pattern, which was similar to the shape of the original dress to give me a rough idea where to cut and sew. Basically, I wanted to achieve it with the minimum of fuss.
Using the yoke piece helped me to cut the top part. I made the neckline a bit higher and wider to allow me to keep the flower embroidery in tact.
The skirt piece helped me to cut the length and the width. I kept the original seams to save sewing hassle. I bound the armholes and the neckline with bias I already had at home and cut a slit in the back to help get it over her head. I am going to do a thread crochet button hole for the back.
Et voilà! The embroidery does look a little truncated, and it might be slightly wonky, but it is very cute on and will make a great summer dress when she gets a bit bigger. And I got to save money by getting her clothes for "nothing," which is basically my plan for her wardrobe as much as I can.