One of the tricks with putting together a vintage wardrobe that works (and by that I mean one that actually gets worn and not just collected) is to find pieces that suit your lifestyle and also to be able to see the potential in pieces that may need some extra love or a a bit of work. When it comes to Kitty's clothes I am always drawn to frilly party dresses in soft sheer fabrics, but I know realistically she is only going to need 2 or 3 of these per season, so I restrain myself. Simple dresses in easy care fabrics, frills or no frills, basic pinis, and things that can mix and match are much cleverer choices. I know she will get more wear out of them, plus they are often easier to look after and also to mend or alter.
Sometimes I find the perfect item but by the time the season is right the fit isn't so great. I don't like altering hems on vintage dresses unless there is no way around it. I love those big wide hems and for me they hold part of the magic, so often I will pass that item on rather than ruining it's vintage charm. Other times I make do with short dresses - short with the right nappy cover or pants is cuter than long anyway. The other option is to use the dress as a top. I often buy dresses which I know are way too small, but as long as the arm hole is deep enough and the chest measurement fits I know it will get worn. Pants and overalls are another story. I actually very rarely buy long vintage pants for Kitty. She is very tall - all leg - and has a teeny waist with no bottom, so they never seem to fit. But when I saw these overalls on etsy I thought it was worth taking a risk.
I knew that even if the bottom half was no good I could cut the pants off completely and turn them into a skirt, as long as I could save the top half it would be worth it. When I tried them on Kitty the body was a great fit but the legs were about 2 inches too short, so cutting off another fewinches was a perfect and easy solution. I also stitched up they inner leg as I hate snap closures on toddlers. I then used the scraps to whip up a quick headband. I did hesitate a little before cutting these up, they really were lovely just as they were, but sadly not right for Kitty. I hate spoiling vintage with too many alterations, but I think these ended up just as cute and still retain their vintage sweetness.
vintage overalls - La Di Dottie
(turned into shortalls by me)
headband - made by mumma
shoes - salt water sweethearts