I found a dress I liked and that I didn't hate on me, but it didn't have sleeves and was a little too short. The hemline of all the dresses lately are just a tad too short for my liking. In my opinion, I think short flowy dresses look best on 20 year olds or younger. I think short dresses and short skirts look best on older women (I'm an older woman now?!?! Haha!!) when they are tighter and more fitted. Obviously I don't think this always applies, but mostly. (Again, in my opinion.)
So, I bought two dresses so I could use the fabric from one and add sleeves and lengthen the hem of the other. The dress was 50% off, so I got two dresses for the price of one!
At first, I was going to do a black solid color block to add to the hem, and didn't feel like taking the time to find the same kind of fabric, so I just bought the second dress instead. For the hem, I had to use the fabric so the stripes went horizontal instead of vertical. But, I liked how it turned out.
I actually ended up hemming it a little longer than I planned on accident because after I let out the hem on the dress, I forgot that I could make a bigger seam allowance, but oh well. I'm definitely not going to fix it to make it an inch shorter!
Also, the sleeves didn't turn out how I wanted, so I'll eventually fix them or pay someone else to fix them. We'll see how I feel when I actually get around to it!
You can see the finished picture below. These aren't the best family pictures, but they are the best ones that show my completed dress.
The bonus? I'm directing a wedding in January and the colors are black and white, so I now have a dress to wear for the wedding! I'll just add a cardigan! Yay!