I’ll take a quick break from quilting just to show you a quick modification I did on a dress this weekend.
I went to a wedding on Sunday and the dress code was black tie optional, which is a little bit fancier than my wardrobe. I have some nice cocktail dresses, and I decided on this navy one:
The neckline was always a bit gaping – that’s just how the dress was designed – but I’ve lost a little weight since I bought the dress and now I fill the top out even less. It wasn’t flattering or appropriate so I decided to just sew it up a little higher. It actually doesn’t look so bad in the above picture, but it has a tendency to slip off my shoulders, among other issues.
I tried it on, pinned it, had my roommate check to make sure my pinning looked even, and then I sewed it closed with matching navy thread. The stitches are almost invisible. I did more stitching on the wrong side to secure it, and I managed to do that with all but one stitch not showing through the outside. (The fabric is doubled in the bodice and I was being very careful to only catch the inside layer.)
Voila! No more gaping. It’s such a pretty dress, with what I think of as a Grecian draping-inspired design. It’s also very comfortable, which is the reason I chose it in the first place. It was a quick fix – it took me less than fifteen minutes. I thought about taking in the arm holes as well, but I didn’t want to mess up the draping there so I left them alone. They don’t show anything so it didn’t matter.
Much better, right?