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First off, let me say that you all really outdid yourselves on the April 1 theme of Flowers! I expected a low turn-out due to my giving you such short notice, but we ended up with one of the largest number of participants of any theme so far! Be sure to go back and check out the full list of posts now that Mr. Linky is closed. Many thanks to all who joined in the fun!
Now, on to today’s outfit.
I think this particular color is pushing it in terms of the Goth-friendly palette. But when I saw this dress on sale in the Venus catalog, I knew I had to have it. The color is at least reminiscent of the Victorian era, so it is passable, and the shape of the dress seemed so perfect. I think there is nothing more feminine than a draping cowl neckline, and the fabulous darts in the front of the dress add so much interest! The knit fabric is a bit silky and hangs beautifully, making this dress extremely comfortable as well as very classy.
I paired this dress with my black filigree heart pendant from Michael’s. I thought it had a romantic Victorian flair that would play well with this dress.
The dress is actually a bit large for me, so I covered much of the interesting waist detail with a belt to get a better shape. Ultimately, this dress will probably be altered to achieve a perfect figure-skimming fit. Fit is oh, so important to me! I think it’s something that we easily overlook in the modern world of off-the-rack shopping. Now, we are often forced to settle for “adequate” fit, or pay as much for alterations as some clothing costs to begin with. That’s the number one reason I possess a sewing machine, and whatever meager seamstress skills I have managed to accrue.
You can see in the picture above that this is a bit loose in the waist. I find this to frequently be a problem, as if today’s clothing companies want us to hide our curves! Thankfully, nipping in the waist an inch or two is an extraordinarily easy fix, although sometimes finding the time isn’t…
Do you ever do alterations on your clothing to improve the fit? Do you DIY your alterations, or leave it to the pros? What types of adjustments do you find you need to make most frequently?
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