Once upon a time (let's say about two years ago) there was a little black dress with white polkadots. It was hanging around in a shop, along with other dresses which were just the same... black and polkadotted.
It was summer, and hot.
All the people who were walking in and out of the shop bought summer clothes, but the black dress did not find a new home. Sadly it hung on its clothes hanger, waiting for someone to go home with.
One fine day a girl came in, tried it on and liked it - knowing well that it was unlined and strapless and ... hummmm... anyways, it was black and had polkadots. The girl bought the dress and happily went home.
Fall and winter came, and the dress was packed away in a drawer to sleep.
The following year the dress seemed to be smaller than before (it might also have been the girl has gained some weight, but who knows?)... and again, it was packed away in a dark corner of the closet, sadly dreaming of better days.
Again, fall and winter went by and in spring while sorting out her wardrobe, the girl stumbled over the dress. Still loving polkadots she tried it on to see if the dress really had shrunk, and saw: It fitted again! (A wonder! Some elves must have altered the dress during winter!)
But still, it was strapless. And still, this was a no-go.
Why not add some straps?! And, while the girl was at it, why not add some embellishment to the dress?
pantograph), color decisions were made and finally a mix of free motion embroidery and raw edges applique was started.
The little polkadotted dress felt so good getting so much attention and was proud of getting a new look, which would make it different from the other polkadotted dresses that were in the shop back then. It couldn't wait to see the results.
It took a whole day to finish the embroidery, to get rid of the elastic in the back part of the dress and to sew on a pair of straps, but finally it was DONE.
Being in the process, a small brooch was made and added to the new strap.
... and they lived happily ever after :)
Usually I'm not very much into wardrobe refashion (or changing... or mending...), but I just couldn't throw away that dress!