I wasn’t going to be doing any frolicking whatsoever in the dress when I first found it.
The pits on this dress were a bit worn, and it’s missing its original belt. No worries! I lopped off the dress at the top (removing the pit problem entirely).
The dress is lined, so I strategically safety-pinned a couple of spots before I made my big cut to keep the lining from getting out of alignment with the outer layer. :)
Then, I turned the raw edge over twice and pinned it.
When I made my big cut, I also had to cut the side zipper on the dress. No biggie! It’s not going to mess anything up. I folded it over with the rest of the top.
I ran my top through my machine to finish it off!
Now I needed to deal with the size of the dress. Because of the side zip, I took it in from the back about 3 inches.
I chopped off the excess material, and was ready to head out the door for a fun-filled evening of Karaoke! :)
A question I get a lot when making strapless dresses is, “Wait a sec…how does it stay up without elastic or anything? Won’t you just be tugging at it all day?”. The answer is, no. :) When you custom fit something to yourself, it’s going to fit much better than the off-the-rack stuff you’re used to…just another reason to start sewing, if you don’t already! ;)
See? Photo evidence! That dress isn’t going anywhere! :)