Tonight I had an engagement party to attend for the lovely LAF and MP, so I decided that I'd look like a lady (instead of the tramp) and wear a pretty little dress. In its original state it's not so pretty and not so little to be honest. Unfortunately I didn't get an image of me in this puppy beforehand, so all you get is this glamour shot below.
It was a bit baggy and quite long - looked like something my teacher from 4th grade would have worn with a pair of orthopedic shoes. (Friends, that's not such a good thing and I'm not even talking about the orthopedic shoes...) I saw the potential in this puppy because it had some amazing navy piping along the sleeves and collar and all the buttons were still sewn on and intact.
I liked the palm tree-ish pattern on the entire piece, but I was obsessed with the navy details - all this piece needed was a little hipping up which I was ready to begin duty on. First thing I did was gather the area under the arms and against my waist to see how much needed to be trimmed and taken off. I pinned these areas and got sewing. I took in the skirt just a smidge because I wanted to maintain the flowy-ness of it. Final step was to cut off about a foot of material along the bottom of the skirt to hike it up just a tad. Like I said before, I'm going for more lady, less tramp tonight.
Voila, the final product:
The lovely hostess with the mostest (and the camera) LR snapped this shot right before a few of us hopped in the pool (not this lass - my dress was white and when you add that plus water you get a see-through disaster), enjoyed a ridiculously amazing homemade dulce de leche Baked Alaska, and listened to some live Mazzy Star and Pink Floyd on the ones and twos. A lovely evening to celebrate the soon-to-be Mr. & Mrs. P!