Inspired by one of my favorite bloggers Melissa from IS-LY, who really knows what it means to breathe new life into the hopelessly unwearable, I had vision when I saw this colorful muumuu at DI. I straight up confess that I considered buying this as-is because my heart yearns for a long nightgown. But I’m a sucker for that ethnic-looking flower print, and quickly realized I wanted it to be a dress.
Check out that back design!
I was just going to take it in and throw on a belt, but I discovered that because it was so gathered in the front and back, the belt solution was looking pretty poofy and bulky. I opted to sew ribbon down to the box pleats giving it a waist as well as ties on the sides. In addition to the ribbon, I ended up taking the body in probably 6 inches on either side, the sleeves a good 3 as well as added a cuff, and then obviously shortened it.
A woman at church yesterday said that she loved the East Indonesian feel of the fabric as she discretely tucked in my tag that was flipped out on the back. The tag of this dress says it all: “The Woman Within.”