This refashion has been a long time coming. I bought this dress at a thrift store that is no longer open, over 3 years ago. It fit like a glove, and the only change I was going to make was to shorten it by about a foot, since it was that totally-unflattering-on-me ankle length that was all the rage 20 years ago.
I never got around to hemming it before I got pregnant with my daughter. After I lost the baby weight, I tried it on, and it no longer fit like a glove. Something about having a kid changes the way you're built. ;)
After letting the dress languish in my closet some more, I decided I needed to figure out something to do to save it, because I absolutely loved the polka dots. I gave myself the deadline of Labor Day. Fortunately, a trip to the fabric store for some quilt binding gave me the inspiration I needed!
I found some cherry red piping and had my Eureka! moment. I decided to put the red piping around the neck & arm holes.
After a date with my sewing scissors & sewing machine, the dress had a new knee length hem and a more flattering V neck & back.
|Black Dress, White Polka Dots, Red Piping|
|The back, which I'm actually very proud of, because I successfully shortened a zipper for the 1st time.|
|The front! I will add a photo of me wearing the dress after I get my hands on a red belt to finish the look I'm going for.|