Heya! This is a post on how I altered my dress to fit my body size. I am very petite, short and everything about me is just small. I’ve been asked by many people to ‘eat more’, but the fact is that I do eat!! If the person saying that is someone I am not cool with, I would get pretty irritated because who are you to assume and accuse me of not eating?? I eat and eat but just won’t grow fat. I’ve recently taken to weight lifting to build some muscle mass on my arms so I don’t look so skinny to the point of sickly.
But the main point is, it’s very hard for us skinny girls to find good-fitting clothes as well!! There are so many times that I’ve bought clothes online only to have to suffer disappointment when it arrives cuz it doesn’t fit. There are many ways that clothes don’t fit me. It could be too long, the chest area too wide/spacious, straps too long, whatever. It is really very hard to find clothes that fit me nicely. Which is why I hardly buy new clothes… Boohoo.
But then, I decided that enough is enough. Haha, I thought, “If the clothes don’t fit me, why don’t I make them fit me??” So I ventured into the world of clothes alteration with my trusty sewing machine. So far I have shortened many of my pants, transformed pants into skirt, altered ptp width of dresses etc. If it doesn’t bore you so much, I would like to share how I do all that in my blog posts! I think petite girls need to be armed with some kind of clothes alteration skills so we can make ANY pretty dress fit us! Take that! :P
So the feature of this post is this lovely green seafoam dress that I got about a year back, but it’s been sitting in my cupboard because it doesn’t fit me nicely! Just look at how ill-fitting it is around the chest area, and the rubber is too low on my body, making my body look disproportionate. It’s like a freaking night gown can. Gah It’s just horrible, I wouldn’t dare to wear it out!
I figured that it’s because the straps are too long at the top, so I am going to shorten them.
I wore the dress, and pulled up the straps to where I would like them to be shortened so that the dress will fall nicely onto my body, and clipped the straps. Just imagine that if I am still wearing the dress, my shoulder is just below the clips. The portion above the clips is how much I want to remove.
If you do not have clips, you may use pins or even clothes pegs.
Then flip the dress inside out and transfer the clips accordingly to the same spot but on the other side of the dress. I drew a line using fabric marker to mark where I am going to sew across. The photo you see here is the dress already flipped inside out. Must remember to flip it inside out!
I hand-sewed across the line that I marked out. I didn’t use the sewing machine because I was working on crochet lace straps. If it’s normal fabric, feel free to just use the sewing machine!
Before cutting, make sure to try on your dress to make sure that it fits you exactly the way you want it! Don’t cut anything without trying it on first, lest you might need to redo your stitches. After I’d checked that everything is ok and the knots are secure, I took in a deep breath and cut the unwanted crochet lace.
After trimming away the unwanted crochet lace, it’ll look something like this. Keep in mind that this is how it looks on the underside of your dress, and not on the outside.
It’ll look like this, all clean on the outside!
And now it’s time to put on your dress again and admire your work! Hahaha that’s what I did.
See now the bust area is less puffy, and the bust line is also more fitted to my body now that the entire dress was ‘shifted up’. I was very happy with the end result because… I had planned to wear this dress to the Crabtree and Evelyn’s blogger preview of their newest scent Somerset Meadows! The dress code for the event was ‘Spring colours’ and I thought this dress would be perfect! Will share with you guys how the preview was like later. :))
A peek at the back of the dress. Very intricate crochet lace that reveals the back! Hammy didn’t allow me to go bareback though…. lol
This is a close up on how the straps look after alteration. Seriously can’t even tell that I did something to it!! :D Hahaha but it’s no longer a secret now that I’ve announced it. Just don’t peer at it if you see me wearing this ok??
AND oh oh, this is the dress that I used in my header!! Did anyone notice that I finally got a blog HEADER?? I’m so very happy with it and I made it entirely with iPhone apps! No photoshop or whatsoever. I always thought that to make headers, photoshop is needed to adjust the sizing and all. But no! :D Hehe Ok I digressed.
So there you go!
If any of your clothes are hiding in the closet just because the straps are too long, fret no longer and wait no longer! Try to shorten the straps yourself and you’ll get a new dress in an instant! :D