I recently found this cute dress at Target and I thought it would be perfect for my upcoming travels. It’s cute, can be dressed up or down with accessories, comfy as a sweatshirt and an easy pack. What’s not to love? Once I got it home though, I realized it had a very boxy fit.
Taller girls can wear this fit, but it’s not a great look for me-I needed to put some curve into it. Geez, I look like somebody died, LOL!
The side view really shows how baggy it is on me.
I planned to belt it and you can see the mountains of fabric that were billowing out above and below the belt-oh this so does not work on a short girl! BTW I had already packed the cute belt I was going to wear with this-the one in the photo is not one I would wear with this dress!
I decided to put in 2 waist darts in the front and the back. The first thing I needed to do was locate the waist by tying a piece of elastic around my waist and letting it settle. Once I did that I simply drew my lines for the length of the darts. The back darts are a bit shorter below the waist than the front darts. In total I took in about 3 inches at the waist.
I made the darts fairly long so that the taper was subtle. The fabric was difficult to see markings on so I ended up thread tracing my marks.
I know my photos in this post are pretty bad! But you can see the curve now at the waist. I wanted it to be subtle-I think I achieved that.
I think the back view shows the shape even better. If I could only do better selfies I would show you the dress on me with the right belt. It’s really a cute dress and with a bit of shape put into it-I think I’ll get a lot of use out of it. I love that neckline and the exposed zipper in the back.
I wore it to the Studio Art Quilt Associates’ 25th Anniversary Dinner-my Target dress! I’ll also be taking it with me to Maine when I see my son.
I wish there was a Selfie School for Geriatrics!