24 month dress Re-Size

It’s a little girl’s worst nightmare to have a shirt or dress get too short. My 3 year old had a 24 month dress that she didn’t want to give away and asked for me to fix it. I was wondering when the “mom can fix it” was going to start, I only hope they stick to things that are easy to fix. So, let’s get started, below is what I started with.
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The first thing I did was take the stitches out on the bottom part that gave me three pieces. I put the dress/shirt on my little one to determine how much longer I needed it. I decided to add about 5 inches. Then I took an old grey t-shirt and cut 6 inches off the bottom, not including the bottom seam. Then I lay the top of the shirt on the t-shirt bottom (inside out) to figure out where to sew. After sewing along the chalk line I cut along it, then squared off the bottom seam. Finally I reinforced the first sewing line.
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Now I have four pieces.
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Finally, it’s time to sew the pieces together. First, turn the top and middle pieces inside out and sew them together. Do the same to the bottom piece.
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I set the dress aside and cut out the word “Love” as that was already on the dress (for the back), then cut out a few stars for the front. I decided not to use the pink ribbon or button, as it looked so awesome without it. 20140523-191252-69172681.jpg20140523-191300-69180728.jpg
Then, when I was ready to sew I used a trick I learned on Pinterest, tape the pieces and move the tape as you sew them on. That way I could place the hearts exactly where I want them before I sew them on.20140523-191543-69343059.jpg
Then I sewed the bottom ruffles on, it’s much harder than I thought. Looks like I need a little practice with tulle.
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Here is the before and after! I’m so excited about how cute it turned out!

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