Just a heads-up: I've been plugging away steadily at my pile of clothes to alter over the past couple of weeks, so expect quite a few of these dress posts in the near future!
So, in case you don't happen to remember every item I bought a year ago, here's the dress that I started out with!
Pretty great, am I right? Let's check it out on me! (Apparently I was way too cool to bother throwing on some frickin' makeup before this photo. Oh, well.)
The sexiest? Pretty much.
The first thing that I realized was that I would have to totally reconstruct the sleeves, due to the funky flap things on the shoulders. I know they're kind of hard to see here, so I outlined one in pink. Such a weird design choice!
I apoligoze for the lack of "work in progress" photos for this dress, but since I've been working on it in short bursts over the past year, I never realized that I kept totally failing to snap photos of the progress!
I only had to shorten this one by a couple of inches, so that was the easiest part. Removing the sleeves and totally rebuilding the upper half of the dress was the WORST. I shortened the upper half by a few inches so that the drawstring waist would fall just under my bust, rather than at my natural waist where it started out. (This is just a much more flattering silhouette for me!) I also unbuttoned the first few buttons, folded that fabric back and stitched it down to create a V-neck, rather than keeping it where it buttoned all the way up.
I shot the "after" photos with my new camera, which I don't totally have the hang of yet, so here are a few pictures with somewhat different lighting!
And of course, I still love the pockets!
I'm thinking this might be a dress to wear to Disney's Polynesian Resort to drink Lapu Lapus on the beach. (You obviously need a specific outfit for that kind of thing!)
So, what do you guys think?