Prom season is over and a lot of formal dresses were heavily discounted at Loehmann’s. Even though I don’t have many formal events to go to, I wanted to try out some dresses anyway.
I found a Laundry by Shelly Segal dress in size 0. Amazingly, it fit in most places except the bust area and the length. The bust detail was too large on my frame and the sides stuck out by an inch on each end. I checked the construction of the dress and it seemed relatively simple to alter.
Instead of paying the tailor to fix this dress, I decided to take it in myself.
Since the dress was relatively cheap, it was worth the risk of a DIY.
My initial plan was to remove the waistband and attach the bust to the skirt of the dress to make everything look smaller. But when I looked more closely at the construction, the waistband part of the bust detail and I couldn’t simply remove it.
I ended up overlapping the waist portion with the bust hand-stitched it together. It wasn’t too difficult, but I didn’t anticipate hand-sewing all the alterations.
Since I was going to see the Sleeping Beauty ballet at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Disney Concert Center) this past weekend, I thought to pull out this dress. It was appropriate and there were plenty of other people who were more overdressed than I.
Plus I had three celebrity sightings at this event, Judy Greer(Casey from 27 Dresses), Amanda Schull (Jody from Center Stage), and Malese Jow (Anna from Vampire Diaries). I’m sure there were probably more famous people at the event, but those are the ones I specifically recognize. It’s not often that I see celebrities, but I don’t like to approach them since they’re with their friends and families. After all, actors are people too.
At The Event
So I haven’t purchased a maxi dress this summer, but this formal gown can work just fine for casual situations as well. With a white denim jacket and wedges, this dress can change from fancy to semi-casual in a instant. I love trying to remix my clothes! =)