Added Jul 26, 2010
W. H., Californi...
Someone at my church gave me this dress. It is a Betsey Johnson and 100% silk, lovely fabric, but it just wasn’t my style and was too big. First of all, I am a dork because i forgot to take a before picture. It was a mid-calf lengthdress with a high collar that tied in a prissy bow around the neck. Then the dress keyholded down to basically the empire waist. So I cut off a ton at the bottom and that took the hemline to just above the knee. I removed the sleeves and cut the neck into a scoop style. I also sewed up the keyhole up to the neckline. I turned under the armholes and the neckline and sewed them over with a row of decorative stitching that kind of mimics the swirls in the dress. Then I then took the fabric that I cut off the bottom (with pinking shears), ruffled it and machine stitched it onto the neck. I left raw edges on the ruffle since I pinked it (we will see how this works out/distresses over time). For the bottom hem, I left it raw too but added three rows of decorative stitches, so it is practically serged. Then I applied buttons down the front bodice and Voila!, new dress. I am really happy with it.
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