It's a dress for me on this lovely, full mooned, Thursday eve...hmmm, how did Twilight manage to make that happen just in time for it's release this weekend? Those sneaky vampires :) I went for a hike at dusk and was mesmerized by the city skyline with rainbow-colored smog (yep, that's LA for you) and the moon above me. Next time I will have to tote a camera along with...such a gorgeous way to say goodbye to the sunshine of the day. But, pre-hike and workout clothes, this was my outfit du jour!
The top of the dress fit perfectly...I love when that happens. The stretchy black material that made the tank part was just my size...the only thing I took issue with was the rest of it :) Now, I doubt you can tell, but the skirt is quilted. It's thick, long and quilted which is not ideal on a warm sunny day. Adjustments are going to be made.
Finding a dress that fits on the top is awesome, especially if you're a beginner! Just having to focus on the bottom of a dress makes things much easier.
All I'm going to be doing is trimming and making a brand new hem...come take a looksie!
STEP ONE: I wanted to get the right length because it was too long for me right now - I ideally wanted the dress to hit my knees, so I cut off a good eight inches.
STEP TWO: Next I folded up and pinned the raw edges - I folded the edge up about a half-inch (so the raw edge was facing up) and then folded again another half-inch so the raw edge was now hidden and pinned the folded edge in place.
STEP THREE: After everything was pinned down, I got to sewing down my new hem. 5/8ths is a traditional allowance for a hem, so that's what I went with. Just look at the measurements to the right of your needle on your sewing machine and use them as guides. Don't feel obligated to use a 5/8ths option - you can use whatever you'd like!
Aside from the √ºber bright photograph (apologies), my newly stitched skirt bottom was complete. I used white thread and you should be able to see it right above the black interior fabric.
STEP FOUR: Grab an awesome belt from your dad's collection (I thought it was my mom's and then when my dad saw me wearing it he said, "I remember that belt! I got two because I liked them so much." Sorry Dad, looks like you're down to one now :)
STEP FIVE: Put that dress on!!
With a minor change and a little bit of styling, the dress is lookin' fine!
One more day till the weekend...happy almost Friday!