Remember this dress?
I bragged about buying it at a thrift store a couple of weeks ago. I believe it was $3.00. When I saw it, I knew I had to have it. For some reason, when I bought it I assumed it would fit perfectly and I wouldn't have to make any adjustments. I brought it home and tried it on and found out I was absolutely wrong.
Not that the fit was horrible, but I looked a bit too much like a 10-year-old girl. The length was also a problem. I learned a couple of years ago that anything below the knee just exacerbates my vertical challenge. That is to say, it makes me look shorter.
I started the recreation by taking the little green bow off the front. That moved the age of the dress wearer to at least 12. Still I had a few more years to add before I'd be comfortable wearing this dress. Next I took up the length. The lace around the bottom was actually at the perfect length so I just pinned up the fabric and sewed along the yellow ribbon.
I also had to take in the sides of the bodice a bit.
I decided to take in the skirt around the waist area as well to give it a more feminine shape. When I was finished I tried the dress on with some heels and viola! I can't say I look my age, but I'm told I never do. So let's just say I upgraded the dress enough that a woman in her 20s can wear the dress with confidence.
Hooray for unique thrift store finds!