I love buying things on clearance. I'm a sucker for a good deal. So, right now is the big end of season clearance at Target. They're getting rid of all their summer clothes and making room for the fall stuff. I found this top in the misses department. It was originally 17.99 and now on clearance for 4.49. I thought it was a really cute top, but there was no way I was going to wear it. I never wear sleeveless tops and I feel like this is for an 18 year old, not a 28 year old (yes, I hesitated when I typed my age). But, it looked like a really cute toddler dress. By the way, this is a size large, in case you are interested in going to find one of your own.
So, I got it home and tried it on Peanut. It was a bit big around the chest and so I pinned it to the point where it wouldn't fall right off but not very tight. I ended up getting rid of about 4 inches total. I just sewed right down the side with about a 2 inch seam (front + back = 4"). Then I made 2 straps each 1" wide (cut 2 - 2 1/2" x 13" strips, fold in half with 1/2" seam, turned right side out and ironed).
I tried the dress on Peanut again and marked where I thought the straps should go. I attached the straps and adjusted them so they were tight enough. I sewed 2 seams on each end of the straps for durability. I used the existing seams for the shirring and sewed on top of them so as to hide them.
Peanut loves her new dress. She fought Papa B tonight taking it off to put her PJ's on. She said she wants to wear it all the time because its so pretty. It's pretty long on her and still a little loose around the chest. I left the straps long so that if it still fits next year I can adjust the straps as needed. 1 hr and $4.49 later Peanut has a dress she might be wearing for the next year!