If you've been paying attention, you may remember this dress from a year ago. It was a too big then and I made a quick fix to get me by. But now, it's waaaaay too big.
I'm thinking of something different this time - not a dress anymore, maybe a nice summery tank top. And before you ask, yes, I know it's August, but here in Texas, summer lasts through October.
First I chopped off the bust portion, right at the top of the shirring.
Then I flipped the skirt inside out and remove the lining. I wasn't feeling the whole 100% polyester thing.
I folded the shirred band over on itself and pinned it along the existing seam with the skirt. I used a zig-zag stitch to maintain stretchiness. This is going to be the waistband of my new shirt when I flip the skirt upside-down.
Next I took in the sides, matching my over-bust measurement at the top, increasing out to my bust measurement, and then straight down from there.
Then I went back with a zig-zag right next to my new side seam, since I don't have a serger. And I cut off the extra fabric as close to the zig-zag as possible without snipping it. I also salvaged and reattached the laundering tag.
Finally, I snipped the straps off the discarded bust and attached them to what was once the bottom hem of the skirt.
I've found that I look terrible in the sort of mustard yellow that seems to be trendy right now. I think it's too close to my skin tone, makes me look sickly. But bright yellow? I'm totally loving it!
Part of me - a very small part - wishes it would stay summer forever so I wear this top all the time.
But then I think, "Who am I kidding? I'm still going to wear this with a cardigan in the winter!"