I had been given the above jumper by a friend. It was a second hand one that she thought I might like. I was planning on trying it on but Mara saw it and exclaimed "Oh a jumper, I have been wanting one." I didn't need it, I have plenty of dress clothes and so though it was quite a bit to big for Mara I decided to try to figure out how we could make it work.
The jumper was a pretty thin one, with a pretty straight and long skirt that had a slit in the back. It also was a little bit empire waisted which made it perfect for making it work for Mara. I had Mara try it on and the shoulders actually fit fairly decently. I decided that I could leave them the way they were. I was able to just sew a seam down each side of the bodice to make it narrower, which simply made a little pleat on the skirt part which looks all right. And then I cut off some length which pretty much got rid of the slit and put a new hem in. That was all I had to do.
Now I have a girl who is quite happy to finally have a jumper. (I am not sure why that is such a big deal but she became aware of her lack when we had wanted to wear jumpers for "J" day.) I was quite happy too as I didn't really need something else in my closet and I am glad that it is being put to use.
Re-making clothes is really quite easy to do and it makes being able to clothe your family frugally much easier!
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