For years I wanted to do something with this Lilly Pulitzer dress.I bought it in 2008 shortly before going on my first cruise. I had no idea what to take, and bought this from Lilly’s Resort collection. This shapeless dress made of heavy broadcloth hardly looks like Resort Wear on me.I suppose I’ve worn it enough to get my money’s worth, but I‘ve always felt dowdy and matronly in it. Within seconds of cutting off nine inches, the garment had a brand new look, much like one of those magical haircuts that bring out one’s best facial features.
The project was pretty simple with the pockets presenting the only complication.This dress is made soooooo well. The welt side pockets are double stitched to the side seams and binded with bias tape. After cutting the pockets back to the welt facing and reattaching the binding, I hemmed the “new” top and made a belt with the discarded length.
No more bulky waistline and bunching in the back.I don’t know why I waited so long to change this dress other than I was scared I would ruin it. Although this garment will never remind me of resort wear, it’s wonderful to have a new Lilly top – especially for free!
“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. ” Ralph Waldo Emerson