Yesterday it found its true calling when I took my scissors to it and remade it into a dress for the girl. I did like the style of the shirt and I wanted to keep as much of it in tact as possible, especially the white gauzy part at the top. I just needed to make it fit a tiny body. Basically, I just sliced into the shoulder seams and then carefully cut along the length of the sleeves about two inches, repeating that process on the front and back of both sleeves. This allowed me to bring the whole thing "up." (To give you an idea of what I mean, when my daughter put the original shirt on, the front hung down past her belly button.)
The most difficult part for me was reworking the armholes to an appropriate size. I can't tell you how I did that. A lot of trial and error; cutting, sewing, ripping, etc. Eventually it all came together in a way that pleased me.I really like this style of clothes for little girls. Sort of carefree ragamuffin, yet also perfect for wearing while collecting shells on a beach in the Hamptons as Mom sits on an expensive towel drinking a mimosa. (Statements like that make it clear how delusional I am, don't they?)
I've tried in the past to find similar style dresses that match this imagery I have in my head, but they're always way out of my price range. (here are some examples--especially this one.)Yeah, I'd have a hard time justifying a $125 dress for myself, let alone a four year old. So for now, the girl is going to have to be content with dresses from Target, etsy, the sales rack at The Gap, and shirts that make Mom's arms look fat.