14 July, 2011

Craftiness Prevails!

You may {or may not} remember one of the dresses that I bought with my birthday moneys last week. One of them was ever so slightly...revealing. I loved the color and the style, but just couldn't deal with sooo much cleavage just being out there. I'm not the modesty nazi or anything but - call me crazy - I just don't want the entire world seeing all my cleavage. Some things are better left covered up! Anywho. I decided {with help from my hubby} to alter the dress and make it more modest. Today, I tackled that challenge. =)

Rarely do I buy clothes intending to alter them, but I liked this one so much... Plus, it was birthday money. That's what it's for! Well, sort of. So, here is the shot of the dress in its original state.


You probably can't tell that there's a really deep V...but there is! I promise you! So, the task was to cut a small piece of fabric and sew it into the lining of the chest portion of the dress. The hardest part about doing it was that I wanted to make sure not to sew it into the outside of the fabric. That would mean that my stitching would show... As a mostly novice seamstress {who am I kidding? I'm definitely a novice.} my sewing is rarely straight. Not to mention I hadn't really prepared for this project and I didn't have matching thread. I had "well this is mostly the same color" thread. =P


I cut out two pieces of fabric and sewed them right sides together, leaving a little bit open to turn right side out. I sewed up the whole and then attached it to the dress. Luckily, there is elastic right where I needed to attach the bottom part of the "modesty piece." I sewed that part with the machine and did the rest by hand. Yes, by hand. ::pats self on back:: I'm a little proud of myself for that. If you'd like to know how I did it, I used this tutorial for a blind stitch. Worked like a charm! See for yourself. =)

Looks pretty good on the hanger!

And it looks pretty good on the bod too!
{Please excuse my lack of makeup and hairstyle.}

So take that, silly immodest designers!! =P Personally, I think I improved the look of this dress. And, come on, who needs to go around town with their goodies showing? I don't! I also don't need a wardrobe malfunction!! I'd rather be safe than sorry, thank you very much.

Needless to say, I feel pretty good about my crafty side today. Have you altered clothes to make them look/fit better? Or am I the only one who buys things at full price and makes them into something they love even more?

P.S. Stay tuned for a giveaway! =)

15 comments:

JG said...

You ARE awesome! And you look hot in that dress. Great buy and great repair job!

ProudArmyWife&Mommy21 said...

I LOVE IT!

❈ Annie - Blonde Glambition ❈ said...

You look fabulous in the dress chickadee!

Emily said...

I love how you turned something that was not to modest into something totally modest! yay you!

Kaylee said...

That's great! Nice work - super cute dress!

Kristi said...

Really cute! I've done this with swimsuits too. Your comment about who needs their goodies showing cracked me up! :)

hmb said...

Cute! I don't know how anybody's tots wouldn't pop right out otherwise...it's a pretty low V!!

Allie said...

That looks great! Much better than my solution of wearing a tank top under everything!

Chantal said...

Good job!

Skinnie Piggie said...

Great job, and cute dress!! Love love love the color =)

Jenn said...

awesome job! The dress is super cute and I like it with the fabric you put in it. I don't like my cleavage showing at all (I am super uncomfortable with it) and have the hardest time finding summer dresses. I know now I can add my own to them :)

Katy said...

LOVE! I've really got to learn how to sew so I can do things like this.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

That looks great! You did a good job

MrsMike said...

Very nice! Good job :-) I love that color too, and I agree - that was a little much cleavage!! You can tell bu it on you that it would have been a whole lotta cleavage haha

heather said...

I love what you did to the dress, I also think you improved it. I have altered my sons clothing before but never mine. I really want to try but I also don't sew straight. lol.. But seeing what you have done I will start trying.. :) Thanks for the idea...