Some of my latest wardrobe updates; here are the before pics.
The dress seemed frumpy on me before; too short to be a stylin’ maxi, too long to be cute and carefree. I also didn’t love the big broad black elastic band around under the bust; made it look kind of cheaply made (ok, so it was cheap too). I chopped out the band and some fabric from the midsection to shorten it, pinned top and bottom right sides together and sewed. I found it to be a lot bigger so I took it in on the sides. I like it best belted; the bodice now definitely requires a cami beneath as it seems to have become larger too without all the elastic pulling it in. I kind of like it looser like this, but like it belted best.
The blouse was purchased when I was pregnant, though not a maternity shirt. If fit well then, but now it just looks like I am still preggo when I wear it. I cut the bottom elastic band off, took in the sides a lot, like three times, then hemmed the bottom. It’s much more fitted but still flowy rather than tight or clingy.