How can I make it look more formal?
I have a wedding to go to later this month and have been strugling to find a dress. I found this one today and bought it (in a size 10 and 14) 🙂 I need a 12 but they were all out, the bottom of the 10 is a perfect fit I need more room in the bust. So I bought both sizes, will alter the 14 (using the bottom half of the 10 as a guide) and then return the 10. I exlpained this to the lady at the store and she thought using the 10 as a guide was a great idea and had no problem with me returning the 10 later.
Having said all that, it really is a good fit (or will be) and really flatters my figure (most things do not), BUT it is a sun dress – very casual. It is lined and made of 100% cotton – it almost looks like a linen actually. Very pretty with cut work at the bottom but still not ‘dressy’ enough for a wedding (which I know most attendees will be all dolled up). So, wondering if anyone has any ideas on who to make it look more formal? Accessories aside, the dress needs something to make it look ‘better’ and more expensive. I would have bought a nicer dress if I could have found one that fit well but couldn’t and time is running out.
I was thinking of adding a temporary overlay on the top half above the band on the torso and then again below but don’t want to loose the fit and make it look bulky… adding beads or glass isn’t going to do it. A pretty shawl will help but not quite enough. Any ideas? I think the only solution is an overlay but I want it to be sheer and sparkly but not bulky or hard to sew/handle as most of it will likely be done by hand to ensure I don’t distroy the dress as I want to make it casual again after the wedding and wear to work or less formal events.
Any ideas???? I’m still a newbie so don’t know all the ‘names’ of fabric but I just need to know what to tell the lady at the fabric store. I KNOW i’m up for the challenge! 😉
I hope you can see the picture. If not the link to it is at: http://www.nygard.com/onlinestore/ProductDetails.aspx?Catalog=Bianca+Nygard&Category=Dresses&ProductId=Y22131550&inCountry=CD It came in black and white but the store I found it at only had black.