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3/25/11: A New Way to Add Length to a Dress — Part 1


No posts in the last week or so but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been up to some mischief. I’ve created something rather special a few days ago but that will be under wraps for just a little while longer. In the meantime, let me bring you my latest work in progress:
No, no! I didn’t make the dress, I actually bought it from an online clothing store. Strange, huh? I wouldn’t typically buy a ready-to-wear dress (I rather sew one!), but this particular dress is not typical. This dress, The June Wrap as it is called, was designed by my eldest sister when she entered a dress design contest that was held by the indie clothing line: Christa-Taylor. Unfortunately, Christa-Taylor went out of business last year and when we heard that this was happening, I quickly snatched up this polka dot wrap mainly for sentimental reasons.

Isn’t it such a pretty dress? I wish I could have worn it as soon as it came in the mail, but there was a problem. Way too short for me! I’m a tall person so the dress’s hem fell above my knees. I sort of knew this would happen before I bought it so it was no shocker. You see, I had a plan. And that is what I am working on right now. I am going to add length to the dress without altering my June Wrap in any way. Intriguing, huh? I’ll tell you more about it as soon as I make some headway into this project. Just wait and see!
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  1. Gorgeous dress!
    I’m intrigued as to how you can lengthen it without altering it !?

  2. Hi Jemajo,

    You will be finding out very soon, I just need to pull a few more things together. Thanks for commenting!


  3. I think that altering ready-to-wear is very challenging! I’ll look forward to seeing what you’ve done.

  4. I bought a beautiful wrap dress like this but in ochre, but would like to add at least 1 or 2 inches cause it’s a bit too short, any suggestions. Would love to know how you did your dress.

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