Thursday, 17 May 2012

May Fashion Blogger Challenge: Day 16 - A customized item

Day 16: A customized item

Well, technically, 90% of the jeans, trousers, skirts and dresses in my wardrobe are customized, in the sense that they get shortened considerably (up to 6 inches in many cases) (and by my far more capable mother). I also, back in the days when I had time to do such things, made a lot of my own jewelry. However, the dress I want to show today shows what a big difference a small alteration can make.

I bought this blue polka-dot dress earlier this year, and loved how lightweight and pretty it was - perfect for summer days. Originally, however, it had two long straps that you were supposed to tie into a halterneck. The problem was that the elastic around the back wasn't strong enough the hold the back in place, so it sagged: both revealing the back band of your bra and creating an not-so-pretty bulge of fabric. My mom came up with the idea of sewing the straps into conventional ones, and with her help pinning them in place, I sewed them carefully by hand myself. I didn't cut the straps, so with a little unpicking, I can still turn it back into a halterneck if I wanted to. Such a small change, but it took this dress from something I would rarely actually wear into something I wear whenever I get an opportunity!

You can see me wearing this dress in an earlier post (here).

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