I was sitting here on Friday night wishing I had a new outfit for Liberty. As it is two weeks before Christmas there is of course no money to spare. However, being penniless always makes one very resourceful!
I bought this little red dress at a second hand shop when Liberty was about a year old because it had French words on it. But the dress has never fitted her, it was always too wide or too short.
Freddy gave me this beautiful fabric ages ago and I've been trying to find some other fabric to go with it so I could make something. I've really wanted to make another ruffled skirt from this pattern here. (VERY easy to make!)
I cut the bottom part off the dress and used it for the lower ruffle of the skirt. The best part about that was that it was already beautifully hemmed! I already had that pretty cotton lace that I edged the fabric with.
When I cut the bottom of the dress off it left that pretty little frill around the bodice and I started thinking maybe if the top fitted her I could add some fabric to it. I LOVE frills!
The top did fit (that dress was a very odd size!) so a bit of fabric and another frill made from the leftover scraps from the dress skirt and voila! a new matching top!
Now, anyone with a five year old will know they only wear what THEY want to wear. Thankfully Liberty LOVES the new outfit. She decided she should 'pose' for this photo, lol!
The skirt was finished on Friday night and the top on Saturday morning. She wore it very proudly to a barbecue on Saturday evening. I might have to go rummaging in the cupboards again and see what else there is that needs to be used up!