So this dress... The sleeves were just a little too tight with those shoulder pads!!
...but the pattern was fab!
I think this was the "camera shot me mid-speaking" moment where I was contemplating "what am I going to do to make this something I want to wear."
The ideas were flowing and something hit!
Let's just start off...how cool is this pattern up close?
To alleviate the tight sleeves, I opted to remove them along with the shoulder pads. With my seam ripper, I carefully took both sleeves off of the dress.
I thought the neck could use a little bit of flair. The pattern was bold and busy, so I decided to take some lace fabric panels I bought in the garment district for pennies, and affix them to the front of the dress.
I had two panels, so I placed them side by side to create one larger black panel.
I pinned the pieces to the dress and stitched them down.
I loved the pleats and the length and wanted to keep everything in place just because of how awesome the skirt moved when I walk. That's an obvious choice...leave the length because the skirt swishing is fun :)
It's a good "meeting dress" for work and it also works for goofing around in the office photo studio in the corner of pillows.
But, I love that the panel is sheer-ish and you can still see a bit of the pattern underneath.
Such a chic and easy way to upgrade an outfit!
I sewed the panel down but you can use fabric glue to achieve the same after look!
And this is a perfect day-to-night dress. I kept the same black booties and just switched out my cardigan for a little faux leather jacket.
By night the piece is dressier, yet I'm still the same goofball!!
One dress, two fab looks!!