Prima Go Anywhere Dress – Toile

I made this dress up in April last year but when finished I discovered that it was too short! Since then it has been hanging in my wardrobe awaiting an alteration. As my sewing friends know very well, I dislike alterations. I would much rather make an entirely new garment than set to and unpick something that I have already made and as for ready-made, well that is just a no-brainer! However, I had the fabric and the machines were all threaded up with Charcoal thread so I decided to bite the bullet and do something about the length of this dress. I took down the minute hem and stitched up the vent at the centre back then decided on what fabrics to use for the frill and in what combination. Here are photographs of the before and after together with a close-up of the frill. What do you think?

original_toile_of_prima_dresspolka dot dress plus frill

frill detail