These are the quickest and simplest skirts I've ever made for Rebecca. One evening I took two old dresses – one mine, the other Rebecca's – a pair of scissors, and some elastic. I cut a strip of material off the lower part of each dress, sewed an elasticized waistband into these strips, and voilà: two skirts for a six-year-old!
~ before (Massa Marittima, 2012) ~
~ after (our kitchen table, aka my sewing studio) ~
The first dress, was a size 4-5 years, in a very pretty print, but no matter how much sucking in her breath that Rebecca did, it just wouldn't button up at the back any longer. It's now an elasticized skirt that fits her perfectly.
~ before (Lisbon, 2010) ~
The second dress was a long summer dress of mine, with a little bodice, and a wide three-paneled ruffle skirt, that made me feel (and look?) like ... a meringue. I cut off the bottom ruffle, sized it down a little because it was very wide, sewed an elasticized waistband, and it became yet another skirt for a 6 year old.
~ after (the kids room) ~
The 6 year old in question is very happy with her new skirts. And I'm very happy to trade my full-length dress for a knee-high summer dress, which is much more practical and doesn't make me feel like a meringue, either.
I can see that from now on, many of our old dresses will become new skirts for Rebecca.