The thing about sewing is that, like anything, the more you practice the better you get. I look back at old sewing projects occasionally (or pull them out of my closet) and realize what I shoddy job I did on some of them. I used to have the mentality that it didn’t matter what it looked like on the inside, as long as it looked fine on the outside, so I’d cut corners a lot and then my projects wouldn’t turn out quite right. Now, I definitely have the right mentality about creating my own clothes. I take my time, and if I do something wrong I go back and fix it. I rarely cut corners anymore, and it’s amazing how much better my projects turn out and how much more wearable they are (I’m not tugging on or adjusting them every time I wear them).
Case in point, I did a refashion almost identical to this one last fall. I purchased an oversized dress, altered it, and the refashion worked okay. But because I took a major shortcut, there were some wonky things about the dress, and as soon as I washed it (which I stupidly didn’t do before I altered it), it was even more wonky and almost unwearable. It was frustrating for me to have spent time on something that was suddenly barely wearable because I’d done in the wrong way. Hopefully some of you can relate…I’m not the only stupid one here, right?
Anyway, the point is that I’m learning, and I’m forcing myself to do things the right way the first time. Spending an extra ten minutes to unpick and re-do a seam makes a world of difference because I know it will now fit correctly and perfectly.
So here I am, re-doing this tutorial, showing you the RIGHT way to resize an oversized dress. And apologizing for leading you astray before 😉
When dresses are too short for me, I’ve found that the best thing is to buy a few sizes up, because the bigger size almost always has a longer hemline, and then alter it to fit the rest of my body. My normal size of this Old Navy dress was a few inches too short on me, so I picked up three sizes larger and used this basic steps to alter it. It’s now my favorite summer dress and I have to force myself not to wear it nearly every other day.