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« on: January 31, 2012 10:46:33 AM »

I was really proud of myself for this rescue.  It's not perfect, but it did the job!

My daughter's friend gave her a dress that she said didn't fit well.  My daughter was very excited to wear this dress to the winter formal.

Sadly, it didn't fit her well either.  It was definitely made for a bigger chested girl and it was so low cut that even her strapless bra stuck out the top of the dress.

She was really disappointed because she didn't have another good choice for a dress to wear and the dance was only a couple days away!  (I told her to get the dress sooner, but you know how that goes!)

Here is the dress before:

I was really stuck on how I could fix it.  I didn't want to take the whole thing apart.

Then I thought of dresses that have ruffles or rosettes across the bodice and asked about adding that.  She thought that sounded too frou-frou and suggested just a satin band.

I traced the top and made a pattern, crossed my fingers and hoped that my sewing machine would sew through sequins and, by golly, it all worked!

Here is the after:

It's not perfect, but it's perfect enough.  I was actually kind of shocked that this worked!
« Last Edit: February 09, 2012 05:51:57 AM by Jatoha » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2012 10:57:42 AM »

Looks good Smiley  Looks like the band was there all along.

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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2012 11:08:26 AM »

What a nice save!  It looks really classy and elegant!

She looks terrific in it!  Mom to the rescue....wonderful job...I am sure she was proud to be seen in the dress!

They look great with her shoes and the band is lovely with her hair and skin...all around wonderful!

« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2012 01:25:39 PM »

Nice save Mom!!
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2012 01:32:48 PM »

Great save and a great job. She looks stunning in it!!!
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2012 02:04:43 PM »

I think the style of the dress is improved with the addition of the complementary colored satin - what a great save and what a lucky daughter!

« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2012 06:14:29 PM »

Thank you all!  As you can tell, I am proud of myself. 

My sewing tends to be the 'quick and dirty' type.  I usually follow my mom's sewing advice, "if you walk fast enough they won't notice the crooked seams!"

But that attitude wasn't going to make my daughter happy, I had to try a little harder and I'm glad that it worked out!

« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2012 07:10:38 PM »

That looks wonderful!! Looks like it was bought that way. Also that quote of your moms is hilarious, and something I may have to now live by Tongue

« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2012 10:30:06 AM »

How wonderful! It looks like it was supposed to be that way. I think it looks even better with the sash, great job!

« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2012 08:42:51 AM »

Picturing the dress without that sash makes me cringe. Seems like dresses for young ladies these days are all about showing as much cleavage and leg as possible. Your little change makes a huge difference. It makes the dress a smidge more modest. Enough that it classes up the dress just the perfect amount.

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