When I see anything with a ruffled edge in a thrift store, I buy it. For the right low price, of course. Pillow shams with a ruffled edge? In the cart. Bed skirt with a ruffled edge? In the cart. Curtains with a ruffled edge? In the cart. Men's underwear with a ruffled edge? Okay, not even if they were free.
I've also been setting a stash of shirts aside so some day I could make Tori a ruffled dress by attached the ruffles to the bottom of it. Well, with me and my sewing abilities... I just kept putting it off.
Enter Melanie. The college girl that is boarding with us this year. She's not too shabby with a sewing machine! (Me on the other hand.... let's not go there.) I basically handed her the shirt, pile of "thrifted ruffle stuff" and gave her a brief description of what I was hoping for. Oh my wow. She took the project home over spring break, and with the help of her sweet mom.... put together this beautiful dress for my daughter!!!
The shirt originally had some gauzy white bows, but they looked really chintzy so I took them off and added this shabby rosette by twisting a long strip of fabric around and around and sewing it on.
Tori's big brother adores her, can you tell? :)