Everyone thought I was crazy for buying this dress and thinking I could re-fashion it.
I know, I know, maybe I am. But I thought I could make it work. This dress had a high collar that choked me, fluffy sleeves and a matching belt that was too small. I couldn't do anything abut the panels on the chest because it was the same piece of material as the bodice and there was no way to cut them off. Doing anything with them would have much exceeded my ability at this point. But I could remove the collar...
make it a V-neck and cut off the sleeves. Voila!
The work I did isn't perfect, but I'm pretty pleased with the outcome for first time!