Both of these dresses have been through multiple children and were well worn and well loved.
This dress had chocolate milk and spaghetti sauce stains that I just could not get out.
The yellow dress I turned into a pair of shorts. I simply cut the skirt from the top and placed the pattern pieces to avoid the stains. I used Simplicity 5982 pattern for shorts with a width of size 6 months and a length of size 3. I think they will fit all three of my girls and hopefully aren't too cutesy for the nerdlet to wear them since she is five.
The polkadot dress, I cut the skirt off the bodice and around the zipper. Then I serged up the zipper side.
The I turned it so that the right side of the skirt was turned upside down and facing the right side of a pair of pre-made knee-high leggings of the nerdlet.
Then I simply sewed around evenly from the top. I briefly thought about pinning and decided against it. I simply matched the front and side seams and stretched to fit as I sewed.
The finished product would have probably been more impressive if I had decided to iron out the hem.
I only have the bear cub with me right now so she got to model them for me.