So the other day I was sent this plain black “Sandy” Maxi dress from BooHoo.com to modify. It was a pretty exciting opportunity, and I was so happy to find that the fabric was nice and stretchy, so it easily fits over my growing baby bump!
To make this dress I used a bunch of things I already owned – old lace and fabric, and old buttons. It really couldn’t be simpler or cheaper than that! If you don’t have a stash of old fabrics and buttons yourself, head on down to your local op-shop, there is sure to be some there for you!
I used a hot glue gun to attach everything as it was quick and easy, and with a toddler running around my feet I honestly didn’t have time to be sewing all these buttons on individually!
If you’re going to modify a dress or top in this way, have a try with a few of the techniques I used.
1. Ruffled Lace
I loved this technique and it couldn’t be simpler. I put the glue down onto the dress, then folded the lace back on itself half way, then stuck it down. Then I did that again with the next little bit, until my strand of lace was used up.
I added buttons between the navy ribbon layers, which helped add a bit of dimension.
Over the edge of the strap, I made the lace overhang. This adds a really fun area of interest, and suits the messy, fun style of this kind of collar art.
1. Place a magazine between the layers of your dress. Hot glue can soak through layers of fabric accidentally, and you don’t want the two sides of your dress stuck together!
2. Work quickly. Hot glue dries relatively quickly, so you want to get it stuck down ASAP. This means you’ll need to have the piece your glueing down, and the place you’re going to put it ready. Don’t go so fast that you burn your finger with the hot glue like I did though!
3. Take a step back every now and again and hold it up. It’s easy to look at it from the same point of view and forget what it will look like hanging on your body. Every so often I would pick it up and take it to the mirror so I could see how I liked the colours and placement. Was one side too heavy? Did I put too much blue in one area, and not spread it out? Holding it up on a different angle will help you see these things.
4. Experiment beforehand. As I’ve mentioned before, hot glue dries quickly, and there is little room for error. It is not the easiest thing to get off your fabric if you change your mind later! Best to experiment with a few different folds, shapes, and patterns before gluing down.