I have a lot of clothes that I bought for my pregnant body that weren't technically maternity, but I still can't bring myself to wear them in my post-natal life. Pregnant women can get away with wearing things that the rest of us can't. They're so cute, and we give them a break since they're carrying around a 20 pound bowling ball under their skin.
I forgot to take pictures of the dress before I cut it up, but it basically looked just like this except much bigger and with a wide ruffle at the bottom. I cut off the bottom, took in the sides, and moved the straps to make a sundress for my oldest daughter. She's already grown out of it (she's like a weed lately), so my 20 month-old daughter is wearing it now.
My older daughter loves to be girly, so she'd much rather wear a flowy top like this than a t-shirt. I made it with half of the bottom of the dress. I shaped armholes, made a casing for straps that tie on one shoulder, and closed up the side that was still open.
I love refashioning because I can save so much time by using details that are already in place, seams, ruffles, hems, etc.
I don't have a serger, but whoever made the original dress did.
I also made a skirt out of the bottom of the dress. I made a casing and shimmied elastic through it for an easy I-can-do-it-by-myself fit.
Here is the mini-collection I made from a ladies sundress. The girls love to wear matching clothes. I just have to make sure that my older daughter doesn't wear the skirt and shirt at the same time. It's a bit much.