I found this super cute dress on the “free” table at church. I love the tiers, and the material, and the lightness for summer. I didn’t love the spaghetti straps, though, or the fact that it was a size too large.
See? Not too cute on me. (Thanks, Grace, for the pic!)
So, I ripped out the zipper.
And I cut off the top, using my rotary cutter/mat.
I sewed up the seam where the zipper had been.
Then I folded over a small hem at the top, pressed it, and sewed it, to prevent fraying.
Next, I folded over about 1-1/2 inches at the top, pressed it, and sewed it at the bottom to create a channel for the elastic.
Elastic? What’s that?
No, really, I only had a few inches of elastic (and my waist certainly isn’t that small), so I had to improvise with ribbon (for a drawstring).
If you use ribbon, be sure to use fire to “seal” the ends so they won’t fray.
I’m looking forward to getting elastic, because I’m sure it will fit more snugly.
Turns out the “extra large” dress is perfect for a “large” skirt…Probably because I have extra large hips (which I started being thankful for when I birthed 10lb babies!). 🙂