I’ve been on the hunt for a good chambray dress for ages. I’d seen some great inspiration on pinterest and had sort of decided I’d just make one, but then I couldn’t find a reasonably priced denim that was lightweight, soft, and a good color.
Then last week I stopped by Old Navy to pick up new jeans for Peanut and just happened to walk through the women’s sale section and noticed a bunch of chambray dresses on sale for $12. My regular size was several inches too short at the hemline, but when I tried one on that was about 5 sizes larger, it had several inches of additional length and was absolutely perfect.
With a little alteration, the dress now fits like a glove and the length is long enough for me. And I have my perfect chambray dress for twelve bucks (did I mention it has pockets?!)
Also, the gorgeous necklace and earrings I’m wearing are from Cor de Mel, a beautiful online jewelry shop full of classic and trendy pieces. They’re running a flash sale this weekend only, so make sure you hop over and check out their deals, and enter to win their $3,500 jewelry giveaway!
dress: old navy (altered by me)
flats: oasap c/o
watch: michael kors
*this tutorial is super easy (just one step), but doesn’t work for all dresses. If you size up too much the arm holes and neckline might also get too big and might require extra alterations, so be aware of that. Next week I’ll show you an alteration for a dress with a zipper up the back, rather than the side.
Step 1. Try on your dress inside out and determine how much you need to take in at the back, and pin. It’s kind of hard doing this on your own, so I’d suggest the help of a friend, or doing it on a dress form.
Lay your dress flat, lining up the waistband, hem, and neckline, and pin down the entire dress. Sew with a straight stitch from neckline to hemline, as seen below.
Cut off your extra fabric and zigzag or serge the raw edge. And you’re done!