the dress you cut out 5 years ago for your eldest daughter
will now fit your youngest.
Not custom perfectly, since their shoulder shapes are different,
not to mention their heights - Emily would've been a year younger than Kate is now -
but good enough.
It passed the twirl test, as all dresses and skirts must, in our house.
I am not going to deconstruct this here - you can see the original version in this old post. All I will say is that the skirt is a light stretch twill with pleats tucked into a single-layer waistband, and the bodice is interlock knit, and they are joined at the drop-waist seam.
I actually cut out two dresses, both of which lived under my sewing table in a WIP box for 5 years.
The only reason I sewed them up today (took just a couple of hours) is so I could have the box back.
Erm. Have I ever told you guys how I organize my WIPs?
Ah. Let me share, then.
See, I have a finite number (8? 10? I forget) of small shoe-box sized plastic boxes designated for WIPs. Each time I cut out a project, it goes in one of those boxes. I am not allowed to buy more boxes; if they fill up and I need one, I have to empty one out, either by finishing the project, or throwing out the fabric pieces as "Lost Causes" or returning the components to the supply tubs for re-using.
Today, I needed a box. So I dumped out this one and decided that since Emily had clearly outgrown them, these dresses were going the Re-using Route. Then I thought that since they were already cut out, maybe I should sew them up and gift them to an unsuspecting neighbor or whoever had a 6-year-old daughter and wouldn't be freaked out by me foisting free hand-made clothes upon them that might or might not fit correctly.
But when I'd finished the first dress, it looked bigger than I'd imagined, and I had Kate try it on.
So Kate now gets two new fall dresses for school to wear with leggings, I don't have to find some random stranger to adopt them and I get my WIP box back, so I can cut out a new Time Warp zippered bag.
Now if only I can convince myself to empty out the box containing that hideously-unfitting smoke-and-rose chiffon tea dress - and maybe even finish it!
Hahahahahahaha! As if.