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Little Black Dress, Nothin’!


I don’t think there’s a little black dress that could give this white dress a run for its money when it comes to usefulness.

I bought it way back in 2002 at a Gap outlet store for Lisey, who was then a year old, to wear. I think I paid about $15 for it, which is more than I usually pay for my kids’ clothes.

Lisey didn’t actually need this dress, but I just fell in love with it (white dresses make me weak in the knees!) and bought it on the spur of the moment.

Lisey wore it for a summer or two, but unfortunately, I have no pictures on the computer of her wearing it. That was before the days of the digital camera, at least at my house!

I kept the dress for Sonia to wear, of course, and she did in the summer of 2005.


The next summer, a chubby baby Zoe wore it.


A toddler Zoe wore it the next summer.


2-year-old Zoe was still wearing it at the end of the following summer, when we went to Myrtle Beach.


I thought that might be the end of the little white dress, but amazingly enough, it fit Zoe again this summer.


Even if Zoe is too tall to wear it next summer (maybe it could be used as an empire waist top?), I’m quite sure that this dress has brought us more than $15 worth of usefulness and joy. I love it when that happens.

Edit: She did wear it again the next year, just with leggings!

Zoe in a little white dress on the beach.

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Jean Schneider

Friday 21st of September 2012

Kristen, I recently came across your site and REALLY enjoy it. I was born over 80 years ago and grew up in a large family during the "Great Depression". As a matter of necessity we were frugal in many ways. That's when I started doing what you're doing now concerning food, clothing, furniture etc. We even bleached the brand names from the cloth feed sacks and dyed them with indigo to use for our clothing. Later the feed companies started making their cloth sacks with various floral designs which made things a lot easier. My family calls me the Frugal Queen. I love reading about your projects etc. I hope more of the younger generation sees your site and learns from it.

Jean from Ohio P.S. I've been shopping at Aldi's since they opened years ago in my area. Their Baker's Corner Brownie mix is the BEST!!!


Sunday 2nd of October 2011

*your* sorry.


Sunday 2nd of October 2011

I found you blog about a week ago and love it. Adorable liitle girls. How did you keep the dress so white?


Tuesday 25th of October 2011

Well, the girls mostly wear the white dresses just to church, so they stay fairly clean. Also, you can get food stains out of white fabric simply by letting the item sit in bright sunlight.

Another reason I’m happy I have a new niece

Sunday 5th of December 2010

[...] think I will even be able to give my little white dress to Annalise, and that’s saying something! Cancel [...]

Jenny Canter

Tuesday 24th of August 2010

Even if she is too tall next year, she could wear it with a pair of leggings underneath. Some sort of printed leggings might be cute.

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