|I forgot to take a picture before removing the right sleeve. You get the idea.|
I searched for a good tutorial online and found newdressaday.com. It seems like the usual redo for a muumuu involves ripping out the sleeves so that the cool yoke detail is more obvious and then either shaping it to fit your body or letting it stay flowy. I decided to leave it flowy but add a belt to give it a little bit of shape. My pictures are, as usual, deplorable but I feel that I have sunk to a new low with my standing on the toilet shots. Here they are!
First I removed both sleeves using a seam ripper.
|Don't mind the dried concrete on my fingers.|
Then I pinned the seams around the arm holes and sewed them flat.
When sewing something that I want to look good I never back-stitch. Instead I leave my thread long and use a needle to put all of the threads to the wrong side of the garment and tie the ends together. I think my sister-in-law Judi might have given me that trick. She is a much better sewer than I am, you should check out her etsy shop HERE.
It still looks very much like a muumuu.
|It doesn't help that I am wearing a fleece with a similar color so that you can't see the neck detail.|
Then I decided the length I wanted and cut off the extra fabric.
I turned the cut edge under twice and sewed the hem.
I added a belt (not a good looking one, but one I grabbed at a bag sale hoping it would look better than it did) and did one last top of the toilet picture.
I am trying to decide if I should take in the top just a little bit so that the underarms aren't so large and so that there isn't quite so much fabric gathered on top.
Overall, if I can find I cute belt I think that I will definitely wear this dress this summer! I love doing things for my house, but it's nice to do something for myself as well once in a while!
Sorry about the potty shots, I do have a full length mirror in my house, but it is in this closet, so standing on the toilet is the only way to see my outfits for the time being.
|If you look closely enough you can see the partially opened closet door behind all of my very necessary stuff.|