My sister Audy bought the Southward Stop Shirtdress from Anthropologie awhile ago, but as you can see...
It was just too short! Not quite long enough for her liking. She needed about 5 inches to make the dress functional. Well, Audy's a thinker, and figured that if she waited long enough, I'd be home for a visit and would fix it for her, given enough Haagen Daz peanut butter chocolate ice cream.
She was right (and the ice cream was delicous, by the way), and off to the fabric store we headed. We decided on a champagne colored taffeta and some wide crocheted lace.
I originally made an entire underskirt that attached to the dress at the waist, but it was just too bulky and didn't hang nice at the hem. So out came the seam ripper and scissors, and I attached the taffeta to the original hem, adding a second row of stitching.
It actually worked out well, because I also stitched the bottom opening of the corduroy closed in the process, making the dress even easier to wear. She won't have to worry about it coming open when one of her three little kids is tugging on her at church.
Her dress will get so much more use now! And since Audy's the baby of the family, I can't resist adding - isn't she cute?!