I just got back from a week in Maui with my husband. He had a conference over there and I got to tag along! It was so warm, about 80°F every day. I’m missing that warm weather right now!
Before our trip I was going through my closet trying to find summer-type clothes to wear. I’ve lost 50 pounds since last summer so I didn’t have a lot of options. My mom and I went shopping to try to find some things for the trip. We found several cute tops, but no dresses or shorts. February is not really Spring and the stores didn’t have much to choose from.
I resorted to shopping online – I found a great maxi dress in a tropical print at Kohl’s. The trouble with shopping online is that you can’t be sure of how things are going to fit. I’m in between sizes right now, so I opted to go with the larger size to be sure the dress would fit. I only had about 10 days until the trip and my order was delayed due to winter storms on the East Coast. My dress (and a pair of sandals and jeans) arrived the day before we were leaving.
The dress was beautiful but the straps were a little too long. It was showing too much cleavage and my bra was showing a lot under the arm. I decided to do a quick alteration to make it work better – I shortened the straps. Now, I know that the proper way to do it would be to detach the straps, cut them and sew back on. But I didn’t have the time or patience to do that.
Here’s how I did it:
I had Paul help me gather the extra strap material and mark where I needed to sew it. Then I folded the excess strap down in the back, and ran across it with my sewing machine.
It left a loop of fabric hanging down in back. I could cut that excess fabric off now, but I didn’t bother before the trip.
I ended up running another line of stitching across the straps closer to the top so that it would lay smooth when I was wearing it.
It worked out great and was fun to wear. I look forward to wearing this dress more this spring and summer.
Have you ever done this type of quick alteration? Was it a success?