So I tossed it in the Goodwill pile.
It sat there for a few days, and then I found a blog post that changed my life. (Sadly, I can't remember whose blog it was, and now it's gone forever.) It was a post about re-fashioning your dresses into skirts when they no longer fit properly as dresses.
I immediately rescued my pink dress and decided I would turn it into a cute knit skirt. If I could make the original bust line into the new waist line, it would be long enough to be — in effect — a pencil skirt. I'm not that great at sewing, but I can hem things and sew straight lines, and the material is stretchy anyway so I didn't have to do complicated things like add zippers. One thing at a time.
I got down to business with an episode of Project Runway and my seam-ripper. It took me most of the episode just to get the top separated from the skirt. If it weren't for the shrinkage, I am confident this dress would have lasted forever. It was very well-assembled, and that makes me feel better about blowing all my clothing money at NY&Co all the time.
My goodness that top looks tiny!
Once the bodice seams were removed, there was a folded loose edge along the top of the now-skirt, so after procuring the correct color of thread, I pinned it and sewed it down.
Then, I folded the top over to form a "waistband" and sewed two lines about an inch apart. (Note: if using stretchy knits, make sure you don't stretch the fabric as you're sewing or it will look baggy.)
Top: White House Black Market; Shoes: Seychelles "Code" via Endless; Earrings: Target; Bracelets: J.Crew and Forever 21
I have another dress I'd like to make into a skirt as well, but I know for sure I will need to remove the existing zipper and sew in a new, shorter one to finish it. I don't think I'm ready for that yet.
Do you ever re-fashion clothes that don't fit right?