A neighborhood friend whose mother recently passed away asked if I'd be interested in some clothes when she and her sister cleaned out the house. Of course I said yes, and she's given me some pieces which will be useful for future projects.
A week or two ago, she gave me some lovely woolen things (a sweater or two, a wool coat) and her sister's school uniform, which was still hanging in a closet at their mom's house. (My friend and her sister are in their mid 50s, so that tells you how long it's been there).
"What about a bear?" I suggested. "Maybe using the plaid skirt for the body, so it looks like a vest, and the blue of the blazer for the arms, legs and head. I could even put her honor society pin on the front."
I'm going to document this project so that my friend (and her sister) can see how an old school uniform gets turned into a family heirloom.