A couple of weeks ago there was a big event at work and we were asked to dress up in formal attire. Now I am a huge girly girl so that meant SHOPPING!!! So Saturday morning we got up and went to the mall for some retail therapy. I found a cute dress at JCPennys for only $15 and I absolutely fell in love. It fit me perfectly and hugged the right curves and hid the bad ones.
The only problem was that it was just a little too short.
Oh, how I hate my ugly knees
Well, I am a crafty kinda girl so I figured I could solve the problem. At first I was just going to try to find a black fabric that was similar to the dress and create a ruffle on the bottom. But I found this in the trim section at JoAnn’s Fabric and it was perfect! The ruffled trim was about 3 inches wide and the edge was already finished. Less work for me! (I also found white trim and made a mental not to remember that for next time.)
I did these alterations sitting in my son’s hospital room at Primary Children’s so I apologize that the pictures don’t have the best lighting. Yup, that same morning I went shopping was the same morning my son crashed on his skate board and landed himself in the hospital for 4 days. You can read more about that here if you would like.
Before I stitched the trim onto the hem of the dress I Pinned it in place because I wanted to make sure it would look alright and match.
Then tried it on and modeled it for my hubby. It was perfect!
I didn’t want the stitching to show on outside of the dress so I opted for hand stitching and took extra care to only stitch on the inside layer of the hem and not go all the way through.
I told a couple of people about my alteration and they all said they never would have guess and it looked like it should have been bought that way! That is exactly what I was going for.
I wish had taken a better picture, but it was dark at the event and all I had had was my iPhone camera so all of the pictures were a little fuzzy.
But I did get this great picture of my team and you can see my dress. I have to say that my absolutely most favorite part of my outfit was my hot pink heels. I love them!