I've been really busy and neglecting this blog lately, not by choice, but mainly due to my two little boys. I'm so grateful for them but I love my blog and need it to escape the madness, and also have a creative outlet.
Anyway, I wanted to share with you some alterations I made to a dress I wore to a very special person's wedding. When I found out there was going to be a wedding, back in early spring, at first, I was extremely excited. Then I began to worry about what I was going to wear (like any normal girl would). I didn't know what I wanted to wear, but I knew I wanted it to look seamless. I did not want to cover up a dress with a jacket or add sleeves underneath. I wanted a complete look. It came down to about 3 weeks before the wedding when I randomly stumbled upon this dress online. It was a good price, but final sale (sigh). I wasn't sure about the design but I was running out of time so decided to take the risk.
So, I received the dress and the first thing I did was try it on. Of course, it was too tight and way cut way too low. Luckily, I have a good seamstress in town!
This is as much of the dress I can show without showing too much.
The first thing I did was get it hemmed. I had about 6 inches extra off the bottom that I could play around with. I decided to add another V on the neckline with geometric pattern in the middle of the dress, then fill it in with the solid fabric. And this is what I ended up with.
I was pretty happy at this point. However, I was still a bit worried about the sleeves. The fabric wasn't enough to cover that much space. So I went to the fabric store hoping to get lucky. I took the dress with me and kept looking around until finally I found combination that didn't work alone but together were pretty close to perfect!
After adding the sleeves, I decided I needed more fabric to cover the neckline because I did not want my hijab to hang too low. So I asked my seamstress if she could sew a rectangular piece out of the extra fabric I bought. I used fashion tape to just just keep it in place underneath the dress. I was so happy I ended up wtih that piece! It was such a simple fix to feel comfortable all night and be able to wrap my hijab the way I wanted. Sometimes it's all about the small things in life.
This is what the finished product looked like!
A better look at the sleeves. Please excuse the picture quality, taken from an iPhone.