I found this dress almost two years ago at a thrift store. I was looking for a a really ugly dress like some of the other ones I had found to turn into a completely different style dress. To be honest, when I bought this dress I didn’t want to change anything about it. It was a few sizes larger than what I normally wore so I planned to take it home and just resize it to fit.
The first image shows the original dress before making any alterations. The second image is when I first bought it and I had it pinned to fit my size. I was never 100% happy with it and knew I wanted to do more before I would wear it.
Now that I’m 22 weeks pregnant and we are in the beginning of summer, I am quickly realizing that I will need at least a couple dresses to wear once it starts getting really humid outside. After seeing this photo (on the right) on Pinterest while searching for maternity style, I thought of this dress again.
Even before considering making this a maternity dress, I thought it would be cute with more of a boat neck along with an empire waist… this gave me a reason to finally try it!
First I took out the shoulder pads and took off the two large pockets on the skirt. Next I cut the sleeves off and made it into more of a boat neck shape with a V shape in the back.
After sewing these seams I tried on the dress again and used safety pins to pin where I wanted the waistline to sit. I decided to have it sit slightly higher in the front so that my growing baby bump wouldn’t make the entire skirt flare out like a tent.
Before sewing it, I folded the fabric over and used pins to mark exactly where I wanted to sew the seam. Since I wasn’t taking an even amount off on the entire thing and since I was sewing next to elastic, I knew I didn’t want to cut the fabric yet because I would most likely need to seam rip this section and start over at least once…and I was right. 🙂 Before the second try, I added more pins and held the fabric as tight as possible while sewing and it worked much better.
I took in the sides a little, finished the sleeves and then it was done!
I think it turned out cute and it will be fun to wear this summer. It would also be fun to dress down with a jean jacket too. Here are a few photos of the final dress…
Who knows, maybe next summer I will alter again to be a non-maternity dress. 🙂