Someone passed along a cute dress for my daughter, but it was too small for her. I almost put it in the thrift store bag, but decided instead to do a little up-cycling. I chopped off the skirt, gathered it and made a waistband. Voila! New skirt. I will say that after seeing the construction of this store bought dress, I am not impressed. The hem is just a serged raw edge. Scandalous! I think I will stick to sewing my own.