Sewing machine meets dress.

A couple of weeks ago I found myself at my favorite local thrift store face to face with a rather sad looking dress and a question. The question: Do I have what it takes to fix this dress up? And I thought “Well, I don’t know, but it’s worth a shot!” What I did like about the dress was the neckline, collar and the cut. It looked like it could be flattering. I paid less than $5 for it and I wasn’t in love with the dress (I’ve never been a huge fan of the color pink) so I thought that if I did happen to mess it up I wouldn’t be crushed. I’ve never altered any type of garment before but when I saw this tutorial on A Beautiful Mess I was inspired to give it a go. About a week and a half ago I was home from work and the dress was just sitting out and all of a sudden I had dress on and pins stuck in getting ready for my first cuts. I was not as nervous as I thought I would be. I knew exactly how I wanted my dress to look. After all of the pinning and cutting and putting the dress on and taking it off about a dozen times I was ready to start to hem the edges…

And Ta-Da! Here we have it! I really wish that I would have taken some ‘before’ photos now that it’s all done. Anyway, it started out with short sleeves, and the length was to the middle of my calfs. VERY modest looking. I decided to go with the subtle high-low cut for the skirt and then I cut the sleeves off which made me have to take in about an inch from each side. The only difficult part I came across was hemming the arm holes. I had to really hang on to it while I fed in through the machine, stopping a lot to move my pins around. The hems are by no means perfect but they work and I think this little dress looks much nicer.

Well there you have it! My first altered dress. Now with this under my belt I’m not so afraid of starting other sewing projects.

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