(Just imagine an identical t-shirt to this only in a teal color. I forgot to take a "before" picture.) It's an adult large-sized t-shirt that made me look rather dumpy. I couldn't part with it because it was in great condition and it was from our beloved Cannonwood neighborhood rib cook-off. We still miss that neighborhood!
I saw a hilarious tutorial from one of my favorite bloggers on how to turn an adult t-shirt into a princess nightgown. The tutorial used a women's size small t-shirt, but the only ones I have close to that size (I haven't fit in a women's size small since, well, ever, so I CERTAINLY didn't have any that exact size) seemed to have a smaller neckline than I wanted. Part of the cuteness of the finished project is a gathered neckline (using elastic inserted in the original shirt's neckline ribbing). I figured the larger the hole started, the more gathered it would be. So, one of my adult (meaning men's, I guess) t-shirts seemed to be a better option. Charlotte is getting pickier about not wanting to wear anything but "girl colors", and this teal seemed like the best possibility.
I told her it was a "princess nightgown" and she couldn't get it on fast enough. Then, I warned her it was probably too hot to wear it to sleep in this summer, but that it would be a good fall nightgown. She respectfully disagreed, and declared she would be indeed wearing it whenever she darn well pleased. In fact, she is wearing it now even though I need to get it back to hand-stitch closed the tiny holes I made in the neckline and hems of the sleeves to insert the elastic.
She also refused my offer to make it shorter. Probably a good thing, because I don't have any matching thread and it just wouldn't do to have a princess gown with a raw edge at the bottom.
I can always get Charlotte outside for a modeling session if I tell her she needs to check on the strawberry plants. No strawberries today, but there are several blooms!
Verdict: she loves it.