Monday, 30 July 2012

Reinventing My Little Black Dress

When my younger sister got married, I was thrilled to hear that she wanted her bridesmaids (including me) to wear black dresses.  And we could pick any dress!  I picked out a black satin halter dress from RW&Co and I loved it.  In the years since then, I've worn it to many weddings and occasions.  The last wedding I wore it to was in June.  And I could tell that things had changed!  Specifically, my body and my style.  Back in 2006, necklines were low and so were hemlines.  Now it's the other way around.  The tea-length of this dress never flattered my short stature.  And after nursing two babies, I'm no longer comfortable with a neckline that low!  Not to mention it was now several cup-sizes too small (apologies to my brother or any other men reading this...A little TMI, I think!)

I was very uncomfortable at that wedding in June.  I felt like I looked trashy, even though I know I really didn't.  This dress would never see the light of day again without some serious changes.

It took me a long time to figure out how to deal with the neckline.  And here's the result! (same shoes!  From my highschool grad)


What I did: 
- cut 4 inches off the bottom
- cut off halter straps
- sewed insert in v-neckline
- added boning to bust and sides(surprisingly easy in a lined dress!)
- added 3 or 4 inches in the back.  I could get the dress on and zip it up before, but once in it, moving and breathing and eating were difficult!  I think I added too much, so I may take it in.
- added lace to accent the details and make it look like a new dress rather than a halter dress with the straps cut off.


I didn't get a picture of the back of the dress, but it has a ladder-like pattern of lace to hide the seams in the hemline fabric that I added to the back.  Maybe I'll take pictures of just the dress details and add them here.


I finished the dress just in time to wear it to a formal masquerade birthday party on Saturday night.  I swear that I was fully stopped and not actively driving when I took this illegal picture on my way to the party.


I'll post more tomorrow about the amazing party and the mask I made!


Boy, I need to start bringing a hairbrush to events like these.  My hair looks positively scraggly next to the guest of honour, Julie from Papercastle.



In The Old Road

4 comments:

  1. Wow, Jo, you wouldn't even know it was the same dress. Well done!!!

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  2. I wouldn't recognize it as the same dress, either. Beautiful! I love it!

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  3. Your dress makeover was lovely, Joanna. And your hair looks VERY pretty. I see no scraggles. ;)

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  4. A wonderful makeover! I wouldn't have guess that it was the same dress! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.

    Holly

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