As refashions go, this one was pretty easy.
I had sewn this dress years ago, back when my waist was a few cm smaller. I know that doesn't seem like a big difference, and for most items of clothing, honestly, it isn't. But for this dress, it made it unwearable.
To allow for the lacing up the back, the dress has an overlapping panel at the centre back. I had originally secured this with a hook and eye closure on each side. But the closure is now far too tight form me to comfortably wear it.
So, I took out the hook and eye closure, and replaced it was pairs of ribbons to tie. One on the inside, and three on the outside. The ribbons give me so much more flexibility in how tightly it sits at the waist, and now it is totally wearable again!
The other thing that needed to be done to finish the dress was to hem the bottom. A lot of my clothes end up unhemmed because I get bored. So, with a hem the dress is finished.
|Dress front. Respectable looking.|
|Dress back. The ribbon is designed to be a surprise after the demure front.|
I am wearing a tube top under the dress, because I don't like the look of a visible bra under the lacing, and I'm not comfortable without one.