Thursday, September 23, 2010

The "Pleated" Fix

I do love the look of shirt dresses.  I've tried them on time after time and never buy them.  I always figure it is not my body that looks good in these types of dresses.  BUT, I still love them.
I saw this dress at Target and it was all wrong.  It's way too big, and way too short, but it was $6.25.  So, I bought it and thought about it for awhile.

I grabbed inspiration from my daughter's dress, of all places, and made a pleated ruffle and attached it to the bottom.  That quick fix gave me another 2 1/2 inches, and now it's a length I feel more comfortable with.

I used scraps I had and measured and ironed - done in about 20 minutes.  Did not take the time to iron the rest of the dress, though.

I like it - why didn't I think of this before?

I played it very safe this time with a white ruffle.  But I think a cute black polka dot would look adorable.  or a blue pinstripe.  or the cutest floral print.  Maybe next time, because I'm pretty sure there will be a next time!



I think for fun I'll link up to 320 Sycamore's party.  I think it is supposed to be more about decor and less about clothes, but oh well.
 

34 comments:

Alexis said...

Love it!

Jamie said...

wow! this is such a great idea! i love those dresses too, but they are always too short. i will definitely be giving this a try!

Modern Country Style said...

Fantastic idea!

And,with those legs,I'd think the shorter length would look pretty fab on you too!!

Vivienne said...

That is brilliant! I think it looks fantastic and what a great fix. (It looks like you're a runner too... you totally could have pulled off the shorter length.)
:)

the lady of the house said...

Wow! What a great idea! Thanks for the idea!!! & those shoes... Girl! They're so chique!

Miranda said...

Well done, I'm sure it's super cute!
http://washingtondcfashion.blogspot.com/

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Adorable!! Love those shoes too. :)

jonalynn said...

Such a great transformation. Love, love, love those shoes, too!

Emily said...

I think I need this! I've got a boyshape - no hips, no waist, no butt - just straight from the bust down, so have steered clear of shirt dresses even though I love them. But this??? I want to figure out how to make it work.

And at the risk of sounding creepy, you've got great legs!

McCain Family said...

I agree about the legs. Looking hot! Nice work:)

gmontalvo13 said...

very cute! love the shoes too!

Jesse said...

Great idea! Looks so cute!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

laurel, that is so cute! love it! i hate skirts and dresses that are too short, so it's a great solution to hide my chubby knees!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

That is so cute! I love the pleated ruffle. And your shoes are pretty darn cute too!

Holly said...

Laurel, I think that really makes the dress something special!

nicole hatfield said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

Kristen said...

Great fix!! I love those dresses BUT - they always look okay standing up. Sitting down you feel like you are showing every bit and piece you own!

A Midwestern Mrs. said...

This is darling. Great fix on a great find, oh, and great shoes!! :):)

Lindsey said...

you know what they say - modest is hottest! Love this little sewing addition:) Thanks for blog love - I TOO love a pumpkin with personality - even if I have to mod podge it on there myself!

Jess said...

Love the pleats, love the shoes!

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

Laurel,
I LOVE this. It looks like a million bucks and that you got it at a high end boutique. The shoes complete the ensemble and they are the same ones we're wearing for my sister's wedding. :) You have commented on almost every single link in this party...you rock! Have a great weekend~

Colette said...

wow, so cute. i've got a skirt that needs lengthening. if I could just get around to doing it. Love those shoes.
i'm here from just a girl

Robyn@Something Pretty said...

I love the pleats and always run into the same problem. Great idea!

Jennie said...

Laurel, you are truly brilliant. I'll never look at a Target too-short dress or skirt the same way again. Hooray! This is too cute. And do the polka dots next. I love polka dots.

Amanda said...

ok I sooo want to do this -but confession- I have NO CLUE how to sew pleats. :-(

Bobbie said...

such a good idea. I have the same problem with short dresses. I am 6 foot tall. and that dress from Target is cute, cute, cute!

Jennifer@SweetSimplicity said...

I love what you did with the dress. I think it really gave it a touch of finish and lady like feel to balance out the casualness of it. I love your shoes as well!

Casa Mia * My House * said...

I love it....Just my style.

LadySmith said...

Great Idea.
LOVE those shoes - where are they from?
I have a navy shirt dress from The Gap and I always try it on in hopes ... but same as you, with not much luck. Too long for pants (atleast with my body) and too short for dress. Perhaps I will try this variation. thanks

rebecca @ older and wisor said...

I agree with everyone else: if MY legs looked like that, nobody would ever notice a too short hemline. What you're really saying is that not only are you creative, but you're gorgeous too.....so unfair....

Natalie@Endless Crafting said...

What a great idea! I have this problem all the time. I will definately be keeping my eyes open for a dress to fix!

the momma (aka Shannon) said...

okay, first: great fix--love the pleats!
second--uh-hello legs!!! lovely! ;o)
and third--i see you picked up some shoesies at tar-jay too! the same ones beckoned me on a recent trip...and the clearance price certainly helped them find their way into my cart! lol!

Kim said...

SO cute! Love the shoes too. We need a full pic though to get the whole effect. :)

Nice job!

JENNY K. said...

What a GREAT idea!!!! I love it! I'll have to keep my eye out for a sale or two.

Related Posts Widget for Blogs by LinkWithin