This housedress was so comfy I could almost give up my sense of dignity and style, and just wear it as-is. :)
Fortunately, I snapped back to my senses when I realized I probably couldn’t get away with wearing this thing to work!
Time to take this dress from Housefrau Bleak to Office Chic! :)
First, I ripped off those pockets with my seam ripper! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pocket, but since I was going to be taking this dress in from the sides, those pockets would just get in the way.
I trimmed of a bit of the fabric from the bottom. Usually I wait and do this at the very end, but I knew I’d want to make a nice long sash to tie around the waist of this dress. If I took the dress in first, my sash might be too short. I only trimmed of a teensy bit! :)
Then, I put the dress on my dress form inside-out, and pinned each side. I used my tape measure to make sure each side was even.
I ran each side through my machine…
…and lopped off that excess fabric!
My new dress is really shaping up! :)
I gave it a brand new hem…
…and then stitched down that front placket for the bottom three buttons. This will keep me from inadvertently showing off my *ahem* lady bits. No gaps for this gal!
I’m almost done! To finish this whole thing off, I snipped around the original bottom hem from what I cut off in the beginning. This will give me a nice, slender sash!
And now my dress is all ready for a day at work!
Of course, I had to take a break and grab some grub! :)