I bought this dress last year right before I found out I was pregnant with Eloise. It was from Anthropologie but I bought it at Gabriel Brothers in Mechanicsburg, PA at their going out of business sale for $8. It is 100% silk and feels delicious.
I was in such a hurry and it was so cheap that I bought it without even trying it on. BIG MISTAKE. It was a size 0. But usually dresses are more forgiving in size than pants, especially empire waisted ones. But when I tried it on no matter how hard to squeezed and flattened I could NOT fit my bust into it. Not even close (see below).
So it sat in my closet for months and months....until this week. I didn't quite know how to make it work because the dress as you can see has a very specific pattern. I definitely didn't want to buy a solid colored material and sew it to the side in some sort of Frankenstein fashion, screaming to everyone that I bought the dress too small. So what to do? I know how to fix a dress that's too big, but too small is a completely different dilemma.
Then it came to me. If you have a dress that's too tight perhaps this might work for you too. I took a littttle bit from the bottom sides of the skirt (see below) and used that material to match up to the side of my dress. I ripped out the zipper on the left side and sewed on my new piece. VOILA, new dress. It zips up but it is still quite tight. If I wanted to make it even looser I would have had to sew a new piece under the sleeve and I didn't have enough to do that. But it's wearable and that's what matters the most.
I also sewed up the front so that my clevage wasn't hanging out. If I was more flat chested I could have worn it no problem. Please don't roll your eyes, but I'll never understand why some people want a larger sized chest. It's brought me nothing but work and disappointment. I can't tell you all the delicate J.Crew cami's I've missed out on because of it. My sister who could probably have fit into this dress before I fixed it, has argued with me about this. It's funny how we envy each other for the opposite reasons.
Obviously I named this the Twiggy Frock because you'd have to be her size to wear it in its original state. Either that or a tweenager.