This thread motivated me to dust off my sewing machine, dig into my closet, and start cutting. Here are some dresses were inspired by vegbee, cheytown, kimberlina, and the rest of you crafting geniuses. Comments and suggestions are extremely welcome, especially for a rank amateur such as myself--I can use all the help I can get!
Once an old linen shirt with stains in embarrassing places! Now! A soon-to-be-stained sundress, cleverly accessorized with oversized bicycle helmet. The sleeves were too short to use cheytown's clever ruffle sleeve, so I added a couple of totally non-matching straps. Sorry about only showing this from the back--my girl is camera-shy. I think it needs something else--maybe some bias trim around the bottom? Thoughts?
This once was a rather lovely embroidered Mexican shirt, but it never did fit me. I reconned it into an off-the shoulder sundress with matching capri pants made out of the sleeves. The neckline isn't entirely appropriate for a soon-to-be 2-year-old, but my hands were sort of tied if I wanted to use all of that gorgeous embroidery.
And finally, what has become my new favorite design, a slightly longer version of kimberlina's smock/jumper/wrap dress. I deliberately made the straps longer than necessary, then hid them between the two layers of fabric at the neck, under the rationale that as she grows, I can pick open that seam and lengthen the straps. I love the fact that this design is four-ways reversible--you can wear it front to back, back to front, and inside out as well!