I bought this dress way back in May, but I’ve only worn it a few times since. Why, you may ask? Well, strapless dresses are not easy to deal with, in my opinion. Wearing them on their own requires constant adjusting of underthings, layering over them or under them is a bit warm for summer. I loved every detail about this dress except for the fact that it was strapless. What’s a girl to do? How about buy a second dress in the same color and size and perform some surgery to get two brand new garments?
I cut off the bottom 5 inches of one dress, stitched the fabric into straps and sewed them on this one. I added ribbon halter straps to the shortened dress, which is now a halter (you’ll see it soon). I don’t normally buy something new with the intention of altering it, and I’ve never bought two of something before like this. But here was my reasoning: I love this dress. The length is perfect, so I didn’t want to change that. I love the color, and I thought it would be too jarring to make the straps in a different color. I knew exactly what I wanted. The dress was on sale ($38) and yes I bought two, but I ended up with two garments that I love, instead of one that I rarely use.
I was originally going to add straight straps, but that seemed like it would be a bit boring. Then I realized that I could make criss-crossed straps in the back to match a racer-back bra, allowing support and sexiness. I am thrilled with the result.
Have I ever mentioned that my back freckles are my favorite part of my body? I know it may seem weird, but I just love them.
You will be seeing this dress much more now that it’s been altered. And I’ll debut the tunic version sometime next week.