It looked so simple I thought it would be irresponsible of me not to at least try to recreate it before buying it. However, I also had my heart set on doing another refashion frock.
So I decided to kill two birds with one stone and buy a red dress at the Salvation Army to turn into my Modcloth vision. I bought this one for $2.50 in the perfect lipstick red that I was looking for.
Basically I cut the bottom half away from the bodice and turned it around so that the front became the back. I cut the 'new' bodice so that the sleeves and body were one piece, like the Modcloth version.
I then sewed the rest of the skirt onto the bodice in gathers. I believe the Modcloth version used tiny pleats but unfortunately, I didn't have quite enough fabric to do that.
In the end, I think my version came pretty close. And seeing as I had a zipper on hand the entire dress only cost $2.50 rather than $99 plus shipping. What a 'cherry' of a deal.
I imagined wearing this dress on a first Valentine's Day Date. It had a very girl next door look to it. Not exactly 'sexy' but more 'flirty'.
Unfortunately, I don't think I could wear this dress out to a long dinner. As with my other two girls, I am breastfeeding Eloise, which makes all my clothes WAY to small. In the photos, to lessen my bustline, I'm wearing a SUPER bra. As in 'super' painful.
I can only stand to wear it for 10 minutes at a time. I can't breath, my shoulders ache and my torso develops deep red creases, but gosh, does it make my chest look much better than reality.
As of now, I don't even know if I will have a reason to wear a Valentine's dress. It will be quite difficult to do anything outside of the house for a couple months.
The baby is so tiny I can't imagine leaving her with anyone other than Brian. Her body is so small she doesn't fit into anything but Carter's newborn onsies. I hesitate to put a blanket over her for fear it will smother her.
Perhaps we'll have to book our reservations at a more child-friendly establishment. Something between Tavern on the Green and Chuck'e'Cheese.
Since I'm not down to my pre-baby weight this dress is made to fit a slightly larger size than my previous dresses. I'd say it would fit an 8-10.
Also, I received a couple emails about winners. I know I have been horribly behind. I will try to have them up by tomorrow.
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