My sister-in-law gave me this dress over the break and I just finished refashioning it. It was just a bit too short for her and she wouldn’t be taking it with her to Chicago anyway. I happily obliged. The fit wasn’t fantastic and the sleeves were about a mile high. BUT THE PRINT!! Oh that print.
The poor fit and the puffy sleeves combined made me look like I was about to break into song, “I am 16, going on 17. . .” Yikes! I’m not particularly awesome with sleeves, but I thought I would give it a shot. The puffy sleeves provided more than enough fabric for the sleeves I reconstructed. And if I failed, I could at least finish the arm holes nicely and wear it with cardigans.
And the sleeves worked! I’m so excited with how it turned out. It looks and feels so much better. Here’s how I did it:
- I unpicked the armhole seams and the side seams all the way
- I laid out the arm hole flat on the ground and traced the hill shape on some swedish tracing paper
- I cut that out and pinned it to the arm hole seam and adjusted the pattern from there
- I pinned and sewed carefully
It doesn’t look like much of a change, but it took forever and feels completely different! Another piece crossed off my list for my Alt Summit wardrobe.
- earrings: Forever 21
- dress: handmade, thrifted and refashioned
- Bracelet: c/o Apricot Lane
- tights: H&M
- shoes: H&M