This is a very flattering dress: it accentuates a small waist and hides wide hips nicely beyond the lightly gathered skirt. Most pear shapes or hourglass figures will suit styles like this.
There are a couple of elements that I am not entirely happy with
The neckline is rather plunging – especially as I am quite busty.
I am also not a great fan of sleeveless dresses, I prefer to keep my underarms under cover!
Luckily this dress comes with a long generous wrap, which is enough fabric to make sleeves.
If the dress you want to revamp doesn’t come with a wrap, you can always take fabric from the bottom.
I created a bit of a cap sleeve pattern – using a sleeve from another pattern as a guide.
As the fabric is chiffon, I traced the outline of the sleeve using a dissolvable marker cutting the fabric in a strip.
Using a pretty narrow zig zag stitch and matching thread, follow round the sleeve following the outline
then trim close to the finished edge.
Stitch the sleeve seam and then add a gathered edge using narrow elastic
You can just see the elasticated edge here, I use a large zig zag stitch to create a gathered edge.
The modesty template is triangular, I doubled over the fabric,
making the top edge along the fold because of the transparent nature of the chiffon.
Once again zig zag the side edges, so that the panel is in one piece.
Stitch in place between the cross over bodice.
All done! Now I can wear it without the need for a teeshirt underneath.
I have enough fabric left to make a matching hair accessory and a rose.