The clerk at Dillards shook her head, "No, we only stock smocked dresses for infants, and even those are pastel."
My eyes wandered to a rack of long white organza, each dress with a pink clearance tag.
Could a 2-year-old really wear a baby's baptismal gown?
For $16.49, it was worth a try.
(Photo courtesy Albertex Photography)
You're always so resourceful!
That find turned out fabulously!
Yipee - of course, why not a baptismal gown? I love that. It's so precious. Thanks for the link love on frugal hacks. :)
Awesome! You are truly quick at thinking of the possibilities! Jackie
Beautiful! I love it when the unexpected works out so well (and inexpensively!)
ahhhhhhhhhhhh my long message got deleted when i signed in...
did same in reverse...baby was 12m ...both her uncles were getting married within 6 months...
found size 2 dress...60 for 20$ , argued with clerk, would not let baby try it on...so we did in the aisle...fit like a dream.....white satin with navy trim....
fit for both weddings and easter next year...just kept getting shorter on her as she grew....
your dd looked great...and with luck you can sell it for more than you paid (i know i did)...mine had no hair to do anything with ..so i bought a white had and added navy trim....
i think we all need to think out of the box..and remember i think kids get longer, not usually wider...
She is beautiful. Such a pretty dress to. I know I would never have thought to look at infant baptismal gowns. I am just blown away by the way your mind works. Thank you for sharing your pictures with us.
Beautiful! When my daughter served as a flower girl a few years ago, we also *discoverd* her dress in some hand-me-downs from a friend. It was perfect!
I love this...what a clever woman you are! The dress is beautiful and, of course, there's no guilt for spending too much.
How clever! And she looks darling!
What a fantastic idea! She looks absolutely beautiful, Meredith.
So happy for you and her ... she looks so sweet in her dress.
Love that gown. What a great idea!
Could that little girl be any cuter? She looks like spun sugar with an angel heart. So adorable!
Beautiful! What a wonderful idea!!
Wow, she is beautiful! What a wonderful idea.
A beautiful picture of a beautiful girl!
I'm glad you did this. I
'm getting tired of those flower girl dresses with the tank top, sash, and full skirt.
I'm looking for something with little cap sleeves too...in a light green, though, for a quite tall 7 year old, so, alas, your solution won't work for me :)
Brilliant! And little flower girl is adorable.
Well, I'd SAY it worked out! Just look how gorgeous she is!
What a beautiful little girl!
Oh that is gorgeous!!
meredith - your baby looks like a little princess!
what a find! Frugal creativity is wonderful, isn't it? At 16 bucks! NOT BAD! Excellent find!
ps. thanks so much for your friendship - I appreciated your words of encouragement...
What a great idea - and your daughter looks so sweet in it!
The sizing on clothes is so crazy...my dd is 9.5 and very, very slim. Yet I see clothes at the thrift store that barely look like they would fit her and have tags that read 14-16.
Perfect! She looks like a little angel...
What a clever idea, although I'm curious as to what size it was! It looks so beautifully vintage, too.
She is so pretty!
It's just beautiful! What a great idea.
SOOO smart! I love that idea!
How truly precious. And I love your resourcefulness and reminder to not just read the tag size but look at the actual cut and dimensions.
Oh, my goodness. It did indeed work out beautifully! I might have to go look at Dillard's for some smocked dresses for Eliana- that is just too precious!
Praise the Lord for His wisdom, and for inspiring you with such resourcefulness!
Now that's thinking outside the box!
Super neat. Very resourceful. I always go on ebay for that stuff. Got my daughter organza full length gown with embroidery and shoulder wrap for $16. But this? This was genius!
Believe it or not, this dress is a 3 month size! I suspect they were sewn too big, and that is why so many of them were left on the racks at Dillards.
In fact, I went there a couple of weeks ago, and there were still several of the same baptismal gowns on sale.
(Note: they have also come out with a newer line of Castro gowns which are not on sale and are not the smocked style.)
Why didn't I just buy a regular dress? I couldn't find one!
It was November, and I couldn't find anything on Ebay, at consignment, or in any of my regular stops.
The fancy children's boutique had dresses with sleeves, but they were off-white--and we needed white.
Most dresses had Christmas details, K-mart quality fabric, or a Strasburg price tag. (Which I offered to buy, if the bride had her heart set on one from the website, BTW).
David's Bridal flower girl dresses were too big for a little 2-year-old.
I was distracted by the sunny face; the dress turned out beautifully. I never would've even thought to try.
She is gorgeous.
The dress is sweet too, though you could put her in a paper bag and she would still look beautiful.
That's a marvelous idea, and I might have to reconsider what we put on our 2-year-old DD when we have her baptised after all. (We changed our minds about infant baptism over the last two years.)
On the other hand: she's also going to be flower girl for my lifelong best friend this week. The dress that my dd is wearing was purchased by the bride's grandmother, for me, when I was about 3. How's that for special and frugal at the same time?
This reminded me of the time I needed a slip for my 3 year old. She had just grown out of her old one. We did not have the money for a new slip. But I had an old slip that didn't fit me. So- using the her old slip as a pattern I made her a new one. Sewn completely by hand. I even used the fancy lace that was on the bodice. Lots of fun too. Later this same daughter when she was a young teen would go to the girl clothing section to check out the Hello Kitty shirts, to see if any would fit her. Many times they did.
Wow, Meredith! You really got a great deal on that dress. I make handsmocked dresses just like that, and I wouldn't make one for someone else for less than $100.
WOW! You did GOOD! She looks lovely.
That photo of Elise is simply breathtaking! She is so lovely and it captures some of her spirit, too ;)
And great find on the dress! I would not have thought of baptism dresses!
That is pure brilliance! Kelly
Just curious- was the dress short on her, or did it come down to her knees? Did she wear tights/hosiery with it? She looks so precious and excited! :-)
The dress went all the way to her ankles (we turned up the bottom ham, as it was a little too long).
She wore white stockings from Dollar Tree (great buys there!) and white patent shoes with little satin ribbons.
What a great idea! I'm going to use that in looking for an Easter dress for my 2-year-old!
Oh my! She looks so beautiful!
It is beautiful! And what a deal! A dress and a memory to cherish, for sure.
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She looks like an angel.
What size does she wear in regular clothes?
My sister-in-law paid $200.00 for her flower girl's dress, and then the two-year old refused to walk down the aisle!
I love reading about your frugal ideas.
That dress is gorgeous! I love the sweet simple smocked outfits (my mom made them for my boys until they were old enough to demand something different!) and they are so hard to find.
I can't believe the neck in that dress fit. It must have been huge on a 3 month old! Guess that's why they were there for the pickings, huh?
wow! very nice. . .you'd never know!
She is ADORABLE! What a great picture.
what a BEAUTIFUL little girl!
I agree with you, she looks beautiful in that dress and can't beat the price!
Now that's just flat-out brilliant! She looks beautiful!
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