The 5-year-old Sterling has worn the turquoise dress so frequently since the dance that its straps have come off.
School dances are a stressful time for children and their parents alike. Deciding on a dress is a big task and Lexi Donelson faced this challenge when it came time to find a suitable and reasonably priced dress for her daughter's "daddy-daughter" school dance.
After considering various options, she recalled that she still had her prom dress from eleven years ago, which she wore when she attended prom with her high school sweetheart and now husband, Dewey. Donelson decided to revamp the dress to fit her 5-year-old daughter and the results were fantastic, reports Good News Network.
Donelson loved the turquoise dress and frequently wore it for fun, and her young daughter, Sterling, admiringly called it "mommy's Elsa dress." Donelson contacted her mother to assist with the modifications, and they worked together to shorten and alter the dress to fit Sterling. They experimented with various arrangements before ultimately cutting the tulle at the bottom and tightening the chest to make it smaller.
With only around two hours of work on the sewing machine, the two seamstresses completed the project. Donelson said, "When I first told Sterling, before it was altered, 'This is going to be your dress now,' she was really confused. But she was so excited once we started cutting and sewing."
She added, "When she tried it on, she didn't want to take it off. It looked adorable on her." Now, Sterling calls it her "Elsa dress." Donelson had to explain to Sterling that she couldn't wear the prom dress before the special daddy-daughter dance but promised that she could wear it as much as she wanted after the event.
On the day of the dance, Dewey went out early to buy his daughter flowers, and Donelson became emotional taking photos of the father-daughter duo in their matching outfits. Sterling has worn the turquoise dress so frequently since the dance that its straps have come off. However, Lexi has kept another dress, which she wore to another prom, for Sterling to wear to her own formal dance someday.
She posted the pictures from Sterling's school dance on TikTok where it went viral with over 2.3 million views and over 500k likes. TikTok users were impressed by the repurposed dress and several noted that a piece of this dress can someday be her "something blue" for her wedding. @user6775528349126 said, "Keep the dress and later on alter it to be a shorter version for the formal dance! You coud lace back to open it up." @enlightened_cannabissuer commented, "This made me cry actual tears. I hope to have this one day!"
@lilliansmom05 shared, "This reminds me of when of when my mom did the same thing for my seventh princess b'day and that dress was handmade by her grandma for my mom's prom." Donelson posted another video documenting the entire process of her daughter getting ready and stepping into the car with her father for the dance. She looked absolutely adorable and carried on a piece of legacy from her mother.