ModCloth recently had a 70% off sale where I was able to snap up several dresses for a song. The Fortune Favors the Brae dress (above) was one of them. I fell in love with the pretty rose print, pleated midriff band, and piped bodice. It is fully lined and when it arrived, it fit like a dream! However, the hem was just a little shorter than I'm comfortable with and the bodice needed a bit of an....um....concealer.
Firstly, I unpicked the hem and sewed on a 3" cream eyelet border. This lengthened it beautifully and I love the look of eyelet. I think it goes well with the vaguely 80's rose print fabric.
Secondly, I added a small piece of the same eyelet to the bodice to make me feel more comfortable and have the dress be work appropriate!
Last of all, I converted the dress from a halter to standard shoulder straps. It was quite easy to do, as the straps were already quite long. Mr. G pinned them for me and I sewed away. It was even easier to convert as the dress has a shirred back - no zipper to contend with!
I wore it to work with a vintage beaded cardigan over top and my pink flats - so comfortable! I love, love, love my modified dress and for less than $15 (regularly over $50), my wallet loves it, too!