This is a picture heavy post and I'll keep the comments to a minimum. This is the first dress is what I'm calling the B&W Collection - a collection of 4 dresses all from black and white prints there were started to making packing and dressing on vacation easier - but I didn't get them finished.
This is my newest ESP Dress - the picnic dress - now with lowered neckline
This dress is comfortable and easy to wear
I think - slowly - my photos are getting better
I really like my first ESP dresses and they have been in heavy rotation since finishing them. But I found the neckline a bit too high. So - I reached out to Decades of Style and asked how to lower the neckline. I lowered the neckline on this dress 2" and it's just about perfect for me. Other alterations: placed center front bodice slightly off center and narrowed the sleeve width by 1.5"
The back fits better than this - but I was moving.
Also - in all honestly - I could make the bodice a size smaller.
You can kind of see it in the photos above, but this dress has a 2" hem and then I added wide hem lace.
Decades of Style, graciously, gave me permission to share the information.
That's amazing customer service - at least in my book.
Without further ado - here are the screen shots and instructions from Decades of Style. (I was not compensated - just a very happy customer!)
First, here are your Front Bodice and Sleeve pieces as is in the pattern
Step 1. Line up the pieces at the front neck corner lining up the seam lines as best you can
Step 2. Extend the line from the top of the sleeve down into the Front Bodice as shown in pink
|Step 3. Decide how much you want to lower the neck line and draw it from the center front over to meet the line extended from the Sleeve|
Step 4. Draw from the new neck corner down to the Sleeve notch
Step 5. Cut along the newly drawn lines separating into 2 pieces as shown in pink
Step 6. Move the piece from the Bodice sleeve seam over to the Sleeve piece and attach
I hope you find this helpful! I have to admit - it was a bit scary doing this alteration, but it worked! And it was fairly easy given the instructions and screen shots. Now - my neckline really looks square - where in the first version, not so much.
What's the scariest alteration you've ever attempted? And did it work?