Sunday, May 29, 2016

Fixing A New Dress

I bought this new dress from Shein.com. It looked super cute online. Of course the model is probably a lot taller than my 5'4" height. I knew it may be too long but it was more than too long. It was also too big in the sleeves and just wasn't fitting right. Let me show you a comparison:

Modeling wearing dress on Shein.com


Me in the same dress :(
I couldn't return it because shipping it back to NJ was going to cost as much as the dress! Next time I will know to order smaller.

So I got to measuring and then pinning. I put the dress on my dress form and pulled the hem up and pinned it. I planned to cut off the extra after sewing it, that way I could make sure it was the length I wanted it in case I needed to redo it. I would later regret this decision.

This will turn out to be a bad idea.
Then I hemmed it. I tried it on and its all good so I cut the excess length off.



So next up was the sleeves. Im not going to try to make them tighter but I did make them smaller. I thought about removing the cuffs and resewing them on but when I tried to pick out the thread it would snag the material so I abandoned that idea and just did a normal hem.





Not too difficult of a refashion. Actually this may be more of an alteration than a refashion. So its not exactly my dream dress but it is a lot better than before. Im still thinking about taking it in on the sides but I haven't decided yet. It IS still a bit too big in the waist and on top.





Check out my my blog post to see why I regretted the way I hemmed this dress! 

4 comments:

Carissa said...

Precisely why I hate ordering clothes online - so frustrating! Way to make the best of it though. Your new dress looks much better suited to you now!

-Carissa
EOD

g.satansbraten said...

Got to 'dislike' ordering clothes online as well due to

a) sizing 'interpretation-differences'
b) lack of full description/ show of the revers-/back-view of things

In general: IF I have to (cautiously) resort to catalogue/online, then I tend to pick 1 - 2 sizes higher. This due to the 'seamstress wisdom' of taking off and/or in is way easier than adding to something when no surplus material is at hand.

LG, Gerlinde

Marisa Glied said...

You made the best out of a bad situation. The dress was really pretty and just needed some alterations:)

-TheRefashStash

Lolo said...

Thank you everyone! I think Im going to take it in a little more on the sides.