I picked up this red lace dress at a thrift store a few months ago, and I finally made time to transform it.
|Before: Red Lace Dress|
|Before: From Behind|
Maybe it was a bridesmaid dress, or maybe a choir dress. I don't know, but it certainly had me feeling angelic ;)
I love lace, but this dress was no longer in style. I found a backless lace dress at the store that I wanted to model this after to make it more modern.
|The inspiration dress|
My first move was to remove the sleeves and take it in on the sides.
|Sleeves gone, cutting off some width.|
I wasn't liking the shape of the neckline, so I next took a seam ripper and separated the shiny under layer from the lacy outer shell at the neck and shoulders.
|Separating the layers|
I took the outer lace and re-shaped the neckline to a simple scooped neck.
|Reshaping the neckline|
After sewing the new neckline and arm holes and cutting the excess, I then re-shaped the inner layer to allow for a detached sweetheart neckline underneath the lace.
|Pinning a new under layer neckline|
Once I had sewn and cut the new neckline, I made a more dipped effect at the bust by hand-stitching a straight stitch at the center of the shiny layer a few inches down, then pulled the thread taut to create a small ruching effect.
|Simple ruching to make a bigger dip in the sweetheart neckline|
After the front was done, I began working on the back. Like in the inspiration picture, I like the backless look with only the lace covering the back. However, as a woman with substantial bust-age, I have to wear a bra, and I don't like the tacky look of the bra through the lace, so I decided to add a panel across where my bra would go.
To do this, I separated the shiny under layer from the zipper, and marked out where I would cut out the scooped back, leaving the bra-covering strip in tact. Then I cut and sewed around the new openings.
|Cutting and pinning a peek-a-boo back|
Once I had re-sewn the zipper in place with the back the way I wanted, I cut some length from the bottom of the dress.
|Making it shorter|
I attempted to shape it in a way that's longer in back than in front, but turned out funky, so I ended up making it shorter than I originally intended. Oh well.
Finally, after a few more size adjustments and darts at the bust to reduce gaping, the dress was done.
I added some red rose accessories and a matching ribbon at the waist, and I had an outfit I got to wear to my friends' baby shower over the weekend!
Here again is the original dress:
|Before: Angelic Red Lace Dress|
|Before: From Behind|
And here's the new look:
|After: Red Lace Party Dress|
|After: From behind|
I'm not yet fully happy with the fit, with how I look in the dress, or with the lighting of the pictures, but I never claimed to be perfect and I felt confident as I wore it. Most of all, I had fun!
I hope each of you takes with you this week that you are perfect just as you are, flaws and all.
Standing perfectly-imperfect with you, let's enjoy the day.
Until next time, blessings.