We got it second-hand from a friend, and it's so cute and soft and comfy, but for whatever reason it's never been a favorite of Annika's. So I decided to experiment with it a little. I didn't tell Annika what I was planning to do, in case it didn't turn out properly, and I didn't cut the shirt at all, in case that she decided that she hated the finished product and wanted the shirt back to normal.
Here's my inspiration -
You can find the tutorial at "make it and love it" - it's pretty easy (although I did make a few mistakes and had to spend some quality time with my seam ripper. :P). It's a great idea for making those cute onesies last a little bit longer, or (in my case) giving new life to a t-shirt.
Here's my finished dress -
I used some leftover fabric for the skirt, and I didn't have quite as much as I needed, so it's not as gathered and full as it could be, but I think it turned out pretty well. It was my first time sewing gathers, so that was a new experience. Now for the million dollar question -- would Annika like it???
I finished it this morning while the kids were at my mother-in-law's and I brought it along with me when I went to pick them up at lunch time. Annika LOVED it!!! She immediately wanted to wear it.
I think it looks really cute on her (other than the fact that skirt fabric is still a bit stiff - it needs some playing and washing to soften it up!), and I think that it will get lots of wear this summer. I may even see if there are some other t-shirts in her closet that I can transform!