I have a dress that I love and have had literally forever, okay about 10 years, but in fashion that’s practically forever. In my rush to get dressed for work this morning I threw it on, vaguely remembering that there were a few reasons that I don’t wear this dress to work anymore.
Reason number the first one: as I have gotten older I have healthily filled out, thus shortening the dress length to about 2 inches too short for me to feel comfortable wearing to work.
And Reason number the second one: when I bend over you can see clear down to my belly button if I don’t have anything on under it.
Because I love the top of the dress, I decided to cut it to make a top and use the leftover skirt bit to make a shrug.
Yes, it is a cute dress, but when you no longer feel comfortable in something its time to change it or donate it. So, to keep my mind off my growing headache, I planned how I was going to alter my beloved dress.
Step One: I determined where I wanted to top to fall to, and added an inch for hem. I marked the seam with a pin, and took the dress off.
Step Two: Lay the dress out on a flat surface.
Step Three: Measure from the bottom to the pin, and determine how much you will be cutting off. I pinned all across the dress using the tape measure as my guide.
Step Four: Cut along your markers. Set the top aside to be hemmed later.
Making a shrug
Step Five: Hem top edge so you have a tube.
Step Six: Measure arm holes. Mine are 6 inch openings, so I marked 6 inches in from both edges and pinned in between.
Step Seven: I then sewed the pinned sections together resulting in the picture below.
Ta Da! Not too bad for a quick dress alteration. This took me about 15 minutes to complete.