A Free People Shift Dress Alteration!
Sometimes all a dress needs is a little help in the right direction. My post yesterday about peer-to-peer closet shopping stemmed from research I was doing to try to get rid of this dress:
Photo by Justin Hackworth, who was a great sport when I gave him a hard time about ignoring me at previous Alt Summits.
Why would I want to get rid of that sexy number, you ask? Because before I made a few simple alterations, it just was not flattering at all. I mean, when I first saw this dress in the Free People catalog, I was oohing and ahhing because there was this dreamy gauze filter and grassy plains and a hot air balloon and maybe a horse somewhere.
But when I got it and put it on, my husband asked if it was a nightgown. I tried to explain to him that it was dreamy and romantic and stuff, but he wasn’t convinced and suggested a belt.
And he was right. I didn’t fit well. It wasn’t flattering. I tried to wear it a few times. I tried it with a belt or would wrap something around my waist. I tried standing in a gauzy field at Golden Hour with a wild unicorn. But STILL, I wasn’t feeling it.
I love so much about this dress (it’s the dress in my profile pic), but every time I would put it on, it felt boxy and unflattering. My body isn’t built for shift dresses. When I put them on, it looks like I’m in a mumu, trying to cover up my body. I like my big butt and I like clothes that show it off! So, I shoved the dress in the back of my closet, and I even listed it on Poshmark because I never wore it. But then Alt Summit Summer announced a Garden Party theme, and I immediately wanted to wear this dress, but a flattering version of it.
So I broke out Cinderella (my dress form) and got to work. I brought in the waist and added darts to the back. I was really tentative about it, afraid to mess it up, so I had to go in a few times and bring it in more and more each time. But in the end, it still had a loose and free fit without looking boxy.
Photo by Justin Hackworth.
And now it’s one of my favorite dresses! The fabric is so soft and comfortable, and it fits well. What more could you want? I know! You want a tutorial for making that awesome paper flower necklace. That’s coming soon!