It's like this dress was made to look like them, right??
The shape is cute, but a little too boxy. I'm going to open it up and tighten it a bit to really make it work!!
I began by working on the neck. I wanted to remove the top panel of fabric that formed a bit of a triangle shape so I trimmed two vertical lines on each side of this panel (right by the buttons) and took out the area between the snips.
I formed the section of the panel leftover with the buttonholes into a longer strap by tucking the raw edges in and pinning them in place to sew down. In the pic below, you can see the newly formed straps and the new neckline with the triangle panel removed. I basically did the same thing on the back of the dress next.
With the top of the dress pinned in place, I tackled the hem next. I wanted to go shorter so I measured about two and a half inches and pinned the new area to be sewn.
I threaded my sewing machine with pink thread and began to sew the straps, neckline, back of the dress and the hem.
Once the hem was stitched, I took the dress in from the back. I pinched about two-ish inches that I wanted to take in and pinned this area from top to bottom, using the stripes as a guide all the way.
I sewed a vertical seam and then trimmed the excess fabric off.
The dress was more fitted now, but I still grabbed a belt for an extra cinch. An old cotton braided belt along with my aviators (PGA Golf ones I got back in college) and some sandals accessorized my new piece. The open neckline does wonders!
From the back the dress looks just like this...
Wait, I actually did have another accessory...a brightly colored bowling ball!!
It was birthday bowling day for TC and I couldn't have picked a better outfit to match all the balls. Orange/green/pink/turquoise bowling balls, check. Orange/green/pink/turquoise stripes on my dress, check.
If the alley only had Otter Pops instead of nachos and pepperoni pizza, I would have really been a walking rainbow!!
Hope everyone had an excellent weekend!!