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« on: March 22, 2010 11:11:42 AM »

This is such a tiny project I almost feel bad posting it... But it has completely changed my feelings about this piece of clothing!  Grin

I bought this dress at a street fair a few years ago, but never wore it much because the halter top was weird and slightly uncomfortable. Also, too much movement led to unfortunate amounts of boobage on displaynever almost never a good thing.

Oh no blurriness!

I got my mending done over the weekend and finally got around to fixing this poor, cute dress. It was the simplest thing ever: I took the halter off, cut it in half (it was one long strip of fabric, folded in half) and sewed it back on as two spaghetti straps, adding a few button-and-bead details along the way.

New and improved:

Oh dirty bathroom mirror, you embarrass me so.

Honestly, the most difficult thing was making sure the straps were lined up correctly and the same length. But by using another dress as a guide and with careful use of a measuring tape, I got it right. No more untoward boob appearances! The strips were a bit long, so I left the extra dangling down in the back (not pictured) so I can lengthen or shorten the straps as need be. To pretty it up (and cover my stitches where I sewed the strap to the dress) I added a button and a bead on the front, and a sequin and a bead on the back:

This shows the actual color of the dress better, too.

Along the bottom of the dress are a bunch of sequins in different colors. I didn't add them, but they're fun and sparkly and the reason I got it in the first place, so here they are anyway!  Grin

So now I have a dress that I'll actually WEARyunno, if it ever gets warm enough (grumble growl).

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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2010 11:22:27 AM »

and most people wouldnt have thought to do that.  its a great idea and it looks good Smiley


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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2010 11:46:30 AM »

ha ha --sometimes the simplest things make life so much better!

Great solution, so I am glad you posted---and lovely dress--nice save for those hot summer days coming up!

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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2010 12:02:51 PM »

So simple, but it makes a huge difference! Nice job.


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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2010 01:13:14 PM »

great idea.. it looks so much better and is way more flattering as a spaghetti strap dress than a halter dress. and now you'll actually wear it!

« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2010 01:24:07 PM »

I bought a strapless dress from forever 21 a couple years ago and never wore it because I went up a few bra sizes since then and they don't make strapless bras in my size so I finally got the brilliant idea the other night to add straps to it so now I can wear it again!

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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2010 02:07:49 PM »

I had a dress with the same exact problem! It was on the sides in the front, but tied around the back of my neck and was crazy uncomfortable. Smiley just sewed the sides down in the back, and it's wearable!
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2010 02:13:37 PM »

Simple and effective. Smiley Such cute buttons you used, too~
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