Apr 13, 2014

Making Modest out of Immodest

Tonight was Prom night.  This night has been a year in the making, kinda.  We found a dress last year on clearance, it was a $109 and marked down to just $22 buckaroos.  Miss M wasn't even old enough to date at the time but she loved the color and it had potential and we knew that at some point in the future she'd have the opportunity to wear it.  

The problem though, despite the great price, it was not modest.  

Now, I know my idea of a modest dress is probably different from most.  I've seen lots of girls wearin' similar things.  Strapless dresses seem to be the norm but I've never been the norm and that's how I like it.  I fully believe that the way you dress sends a message, good or bad, it sends a message.  What message would my 16 year old daughter, with cut-out pieces on the side and a strapless dress be sending?  Not the kind of message I want her to be sending, that's for sure.  

She's beautiful, talented, smart, and amazing and she doesn't need to dress in less to get attention - period!  And, if she did, is that attention the kind of attention she wants?  I hope not.

Also, our church encourages our youth (and adults too) to dress modestly.  We have a booklet that is for teenagers called For The Strength of Youth that talks about a lot of different areas on how to be exemplar youth in God's eyes.  One of the topics is dress and appearance.  I love that it breaks down the reasons why modesty is important and I agree whole heartily with what it says.

Any way....  my point.  Here's the dress before (yes, she is wearing a shirt under it, you know, for modesty reasons)

The dress had lattice work up the sides that showed bare skin underneath - not so good.  
Those areas needed to be filled in. 

It was also strapless.  It had these two little, itty bitty straps but we found out those were for hanging the dress up on a hanger, not really straps.  Plus, the dress was way too long.  Even if she wore heels, which she didn't want to, it was too long.

So, we had a challenge.  How do we fix these issues without it looking like we did.  It kind of bugs me to see dresses that have sleeves sewn on in different colors.  You can just tell it didn't come that way originally.  I wanted to avoid that.

We decided to cut the bottom off the dress, it was too long anyway, and then I took the fabric and I made some sleeves.  It wasn't easy though as I only had really small strips of fabric to work with.  

I took two pieces/strips of fabric and sewed them together then carefully put the tulle over it to make a really wide strap.  Next I used what was left to make a cap sleeve.  I didn't have a pattern, just did my best to use what I had and it worked.

Here she is with her the sleeves finished.  It doesn't look that bad, right?  And not once did I use my glue gun to put it together.  Soldering Iron, yes.  Glue gun, no!  That's a big thing for me. 

Also, it's not shown, but the sides that were bare, I left the lacing but added matching fabric underneath it.  Too bad I didn't get a picture of that.  The fabric filled in the emptiness quite nicely and it looked like it was there all along.  

The dress also felt a little bland so I used me mad skillz and made her a belt.  Recognize the flowers?  They are just larger versions of my little itty-bitty hair flowers It was pretty simple to make the belt, I just got the measurement needed and went to work.  The finishing touch on the belt was adding the flowers. 

It's cute with the belt, right?!  I think so anyway, and so did she.  Plus, it tied in nicely with her pearl jewelry.

Can you believe I failed to get a full length photo of just her. So, this one will have to do.  Over all, the end result is way better than the dress in it's original form.  Miss M loved it and was comfortable in it.  The sleeves not only added modesty but they added comfort too.  No need to keep pulling up the dress.

And there you have it, that's how I made a modest prom dress out of an immodest dress.