Part of my junior high to beginning of high school years were spent living in the small town of Havana Florida. We had this huge house, which in retrospect was probably slightly less huge than I thought, that sat on almost an acre of land. Our front yard was a thinned out mini-forrest and our back yard had a pool that backed into undeveloped wooded acreage. Smack dab in the back yard next to our unfinished “tree-house” was this giant satellite dish. It was huge and it squeaked and made this weird robotic noise when you changed the channel. We got a total of three channels and to get to each one, you’d type in G-4 or G-7 or some odd letter-number combo and the satellite would twist around the tree branches to find clear reception; but on occasion would get stuck and we’d be out of luck until it revved up enough energy to twist a little more. One of the three channels we got was T.V. Land. It was the most watched channel in our house because the other two were a hunting channel and the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Being that we only got three t.v. channels, I spent a lot of time reading. Well, reading and swimming in our pool, playing basketball with my brothers and going out on our little jon boat. Wow, that sounds all too hilly-billy-ish, but of course I did it all with an air of southern charm. Be that as it were, I did love to read more than anything. I read the Anne of Green Gables series probably twenty times through and the Little House on the Prairie series about as many times. I read others, but those were my favorites.
When I saw this dress, I almost laughed out loud because it reminded me so much of a prairie dress straight from Little House on the Prairie. It’s probably circa 1980′s but I am 100% convinced this dress was designed by a father with only daughters as added protection against any and all male attention. I’m not mocking modesty, but I’m sure this never looked stylish on anyone, even it were in their size. I shortened it, cut the sleeves off and took some of the bulk out of the skirt. Cutting bulk out of the skirt meant cutting away the pockets, but these pockets were oddly placed (right on top of the thighs) and were made for the hands of a two year old. I almost left a little short sleeve, but realized that I could wear a cardigan much more comfortably if it were sleeveless; and paired with tights, I might actually be able to carry this through the Winter (how cold does it get here during Winter?)
(I should mention that the scarf bow was inspired by Elsie’s post. Really, it’s hard not to be inspired by her!)
So, instead of tackling the already existing pile of clothes needing alterations, I did this little project over the weekend. Tonight is date night, so maybe I’ll get some use out of this dress even before Fall.