I reworked an LBD this past week and Reese totally works her magic on an LBD of her own. I only wish that mine came with that bow on the front because it's 80s-tastic!
I've read your blog for years think you're amazing. You've inspired me to start buying thrift-store dresses or retail clearance garb that wasn't quite my style/size, and tailoring it to fit myself. I meant to submit one of my creations long ago, but somehow would end up taking a before picture and not an after, or vice versa. But here, I took both! (...with my terrible camera!)
I found this dress at my favorite thrift store, and wondered what a nice Harold's dress was doing on the $1 rack. It had gorgeous textured fabric that you can't find in stores, and was in great condition.
I decided to save it.
How will Reese save this??
The bow was the first thing to go, followed by the sleeves, and finally the length. Since this was about 8 sizes larger than my normal size, I cut along the sides, being careful to keep the shape of the dress. After that, I sewed up the sides, and did a hack-job of resizing the lining - lining is terrible stuff to work with however, no one is going to see it so who cares? (Here, here Reese!!)
This was an easy project for me as I didn't have to touch the zipper and the fabric was of really great quality. All in all it was a good project!
The dress and I are happy we found each other.
...and I'm happy that you both found each other too! Way to go with this one, Reese. The dress has such a classic shape now and it's something that you'll be able to get lots of wear out of. For a buck, you did good missie. Keep the pieces coming!