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.