As far as bridesmaids dresses go, this was actually pretty wonderful, no puffy shoulders or excessive tulle. It was just a little bit “much” for everyday wear.
The first thing I wanted to get rid of was those crazy ruched straps and the ruffles at the neck. Combined with the feminine fabric and soft colors it was just a little too Easter Sunday feeling to me.
I chopped off the straps.
I wanted the shape in front to be more of a heartneck, so I cut down the middle about 2 inches. This picture shows the ruffles pinned down to still show in front, but I just decided to get rid of them all together and ended up pinning them to the inside and reshaping a bit. It looked pretty awesome after those minor changes.
Unfortunately, it wouldn’t stay up on it’s own. I set out to make some straps, and decided to tie them to the dress, and also hide a pretty messy hem, by doing matching trim along the neckline.
I made it really easy on myself and just used black ribbon.
Once I attached the trim and straps, I somehow ended up with these weird pokey-outy (technical term) spots at the armpits.
To rectify them, I put my dress on inside out and pinned in where the extra fabric was at and then sewed it together.
I am much more comfortable wearing this style of dress!