A friend of mine gave me this dress back in January that she didn't want anymore. Because it was super cute (and free) I took it. But the bad new is that it was a little too big and pushing being too short.
(Please excuse my odd facial expressions)
I'll admit, not the most figure flattering dress I've ever put on. I had to wear a tank on underneath in order to get these pictures and still obtain some modesty.
As you can see, there were a few problem-os. So with the help of my AMAZING alterations teacher (I call her my Jedi Master) I ripped that thing apart and made a few adjustments (praying the whole time that I wouldn't utterly destroy it in the process!).
The first thing I did was to add a ruffle to the bottom of the skirt making it not so short. I found the ruffle at Hancocks in Chattanooga and it matched perfectly! I was so excited!
After that I took up the side seams which fixed the whole gaping arm hole issue which included replacing my first invisible zipper. It turned out to be much easier than I thought so I didn't have to worry!
Next came taking up the shoulder seams. Doing this took the neck line up as well and raised the hemline, which is why the ruffle was needed.
Once that was done, I made a few more minor adjustments here and there just to get everything to lay right and fit better.
So after a lot of ripping out seams, restitching said seams, ripping out some more, sewing some more then realizing "oh wait, that part needs to be fixed as well" I finally finished!
Ah... much better! Wouldn't you agree? I so so so pleased with how it turned out especially considering that I had never altered an entire dress before! What do y'all think?
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