When I found this online at Ann Taylor, and the description read “T-Shirt Dress” I thought this would be a great casual dress. However, when it arrived, I found this wasn’t made from a soft cotton t-shirt material. Instead, it was stretch poly-blend that had a slinky feel to it which gave it a dressier appearance.
Even though I was originally disappointed – this quickly went away; the color and the front knot give this dress appeal, and it instantly became a keeper. The waistline twist creates a fitted look, and while the sizing across the body is well-proportioned for petites, I had an issue with how close this came to the knee. Perhaps this is because Ann Taylor’s designs tend to be a bit more sophisticated and while the length may be appropriate to some, I felt a shorter length would be much flattering on me so I decided I would alter it and shorten it by 2-3″ inches.
With a dress like this, which is made from a stretch-poly material, I wouldn’t suggest trying to alter it without having experience working on a range of fabrics and garments. A good way to practice your sewing is to use old clothing or perhaps something from a second-hand shop before diving right in and risk ruining any of your high-end items. Fabrics containing polyester and spandex tend to slip or gather when they are run through a sewing machine, which will cause an uneven stitch.
After altering this dress, the finished product is perfect for lunch or even running errands when you don’t want to go out looking disheveled. I like wearing this with flats or a low wedge heel.
- All-purpose thread matching the color of the original stitch
- Fabric scissors – I recommend these
- Sewing machine
- Measuring tape
- Glass head sewing pins
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