Lengthening: H&M Dress

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I'm always amazed when trying on dresses at the length
or maybe I should say the lack thereof.
I mean, honestly, who wears dresses that hang a mere four inches below one's bah-dunk-a-dunk? Not me.

However, on a recent trip to H&M, the detailing on the bodice of this dress caught my eye, and I found myself pondering what I could do to make it work, especially since the ruffles on the top begged to be replicated in a fun, flirty and feminine way. Besides, visions of outfit possibilities for every season suddenly danced in my head.
I had recently purchased a bolt of dance-wear knit mesh and it turned out to be the perfect fabric for this project.
Just for reference, if you like the dress it's still available in stores, but the version you buy will be a good 13 inches shorter.

(H&M cream dress, Charlotte Russe straw fedora, COACH bag, Target Presta wedges)

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous, Kristina! I wish I had 1% of your creativity and ingenuity! Beautiful job!

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  2. You did a marvelous job on this dress, Kristina. I think it looks so much prettier than the original! This is definitely a more wearable length.

    And your Fedora is amazing!

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  3. Seriously....?!!!!Girl, you are so talented! I love this dress so much more with your alterations. And, the fedora, you killed it!

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  4. Oh my gosh, you are amazing! I frequently despair what to do about short dresses from H&M and F21 and even sometimes Anthro. I've tried using petticoats and slips but they dont' look quite right -- your fix looks perfect though :)

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  5. This looks great! I would never have guessed the dress didn't come this way!

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  6. Wow, thanks girls...it's always comforting to hear that something doesn't look "handmade". But I guess this is the age of "Project Runway"...handmade is the new chic....

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  7. I love this post! Thanks for sharing x I’ve just come across your blog and I love it! Will be stopping by from now on x

    Missy
    Blending Style, Beauty and Fashion
    http://thefashionfusion.blogspot.com

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  8. I also think this looks better than the original! Such a beautiful dress!

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  9. yeah, it s a good idea.. ı can do it for my some little dress... thankss..

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  10. This is a fantastic idea!! Love it..so pretty!! Do you ever post tutorials on how you change things?

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  11. I am forever finding gorgeous dresses and I am ready to part with my money when my gaze drifts downwards and the fabric abruptly ends way too soon.

    Love what you've done with this dress. Looks great on you :)

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  12. That's adorable! Im finding the same difficulty here in Korea. They wouldn't dream of showing cleavage but they love their tiny mini skirts! Its almost humerous. All the dresses are too short so as soon as I get my sewing stuff (its on its way) I will be able to shop with a wider selection! :)

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  13. LOL! Well, I personally like short skirts...my long legs are my best feature, but to each her own. I love your creativity in altering things to suit your own personal style. I have no sewing talent, so luckily, I am happy to go short when I find a cute miniskirt, and leave it as is. :-) Just discovered your blog, and will catch up on the archives now!

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  14. You look so cute! I really do agree with you on the length issue. That is really ridiculous! Thank you for inspiring me!

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