DIY Question

WELL now sweet readers, I need your feedback. I've bought this dress for a couple of euros at T2 because I loved it despite how awesomely ridiculous it is, but I want to make it wearable rather than have it lie around like some dress up frock. And that's where you come in! What should I do with it? Cutt off the ruffle, cut off the sleeves, cut off the sleeves and the sheer fabric covering the cleavage, cut off the sheer on top and the ruffle and keep the sleeves? Shorten the hemline, keep it long? Please tell me in the comment section!

Here's the unaltered piece:



sans ruffles:



without the sleeves:



without the sleeves and the top sheer part:



It immediately reminded me of some iconic dresses I've loved over the past years:


Yeah yeah I know there's boobs but it's still a lovely dress :-D


Please chime in, give me your input. I hope you come up with some fresh ideas, babes!

58 comments

  1. short dress above the knee. take the top fabric above the neckline off

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  2. i think that all i'd do it shorten it! i love the ruffles & sleeves. :)

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  3. I'd say shorten it too: cut it above the knee!!

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  4. I think I would remove the sleeves and shorten it a bit or remove the sleeves and sheer part or don't remove anything and just shorten it.

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  5. Boven de knie :) daar stem ik voor! En geen mouwtjes!
    En misschien zou je alleen de ruffels weg kunnen halen en juist dat top sheer part kunnen houden? Zou eventueel een interessant effect kunnen geven?
    En anders zoals op de laatste foto maar dan boven de knie ;)

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  6. I say lose the sleeves & shorten above the knee! :)

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  7. Keep the top as is but shorten it to tea length. It's gorgeously floofy!

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  8. I'd cut off the sleeves and hem it to midi/just bellow the knees length :) it is a great DIYble dress!

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  9. Don't take off the sheer part on top, that's one of my fav parts! I'd say cut the sleeves off because the ruffle part still gives it a nice sleeve length & then chop off some of the length & you're golden, great find! Way to not pass it up!

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  10. - Keep hte ruffles: the white accent breaks the monotony of the otherwise dizzy-making dress. A thin white belt would make a great accesory.
    - Alter the sleeves, they are puffy in a bad way: if the fabric allows it, turn them into short capped sleeves; if not: cut them off entirely.
    - Keep the sheer part on top: it adds elegance to the dress and 'tones down' the ruffles, i.e. making it look less than a flamenco dress.
    - Definitely shorten the dress: either at or just above knee-length. I can't clearly see if the piece has a sheer overlay - if it has, you can keep that layer a bit longer than the actual hemline. Cut of a part, pin it at different lenghts and see what works best (for you and the fabric: if it's flowy then it'll twirl more with every move the shorter you go).
    With ruffles, with the sheer part on top and without sleeves, tea length might take away the playfulness of this lovely garment.

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  11. kuitlengte en sheer part en mouwen weg!

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  12. i would leave the sleeves but shorten it :)

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

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  13. DEFINITELY shorten it, to about knee length or a little above and maybe cut off the sleeves. I'm on the fence about the sleeves-- I like it either way.

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  14. I agree with others, definately shorten it about knee length. Maybe just get rid of the extra fabric around the neck, otherwise I think the sleeves look pretty cute.

    Kelly @
    Elegantly Academic

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  15. i love the inspiration dresses! even with the bewbs...

    i would hem the dress to about knee length, and remove the ruffles for sure.

    megan http://mallratcouture.blogspot.com

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  16. I think it'd be adorable if you hemmed it, got rid of the neck-covering fabric, kept the ruffles... and possibly also got rid of the sleeves. But keep the ruffle!

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  17. I think it'd be adorable without the neck or sleeves, and hemmed to knee-length!

    xox

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  18. What a great find!! I'd take off the ruffles and the sheer part of the neckline...maybe the sleeves too, but I'm partial to sleeves. I'd take the ruffles off the sleeves though.

    I like the long length, so I say keep it that way and try to wear it out. If you feel odd than chop it shorter!

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  19. Hem it to the knee, get rid of the sleeves and the sheer bit, but keep the ruffle!

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  20. Moeilijk moeilijk :) Ik denk: weg met de mouwen, over het sheer-gedeelte aan je hals twijfel ik nog steeds en de jurk inkorten, maar lang genoeg laten om er je petticoat onder te kunnen dragen? :) Veel succes in elk geval! liefs x

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  21. I would shorten it and take off sleeves and then I would decide if I would take off the ruffle OR top sheer part. good luck with it, can´t wait for your decision !

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  22. However tempting it is to make it into an adorable mini dress, I say KEEP THE LENGTH! It flows beautifully and it seems a shame to cut it all off. I think you should maybe cut the sleeves off and possibly the ruffle, so it's still high neck but with a sheer bit at the top. That would look awesome!

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  23. I say cut the hemline and leave the rest as it is :)

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  24. Lose the sleeves and turn it in to a short romper :)

    Hope all is wonderful for you X

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  25. i reckon cut off the sleeves, keep the ruffle but lose the top sheer bit and then shorten it a bit maybe to a midi length.

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  26. Aw the dress is lovely without altering it! But you're right, it looks abit too dressed up for everyday. I say shorten it to knee-length and take away the transparent polkadot fabric and ruffles at the cleavage and you'll have a finde girly-cute everyday dress :)

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  27. Wat een mooie jurk!
    Totally you!

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  28. I would keep the length, I'm absolutely loving it. I'd remove the upper sheer part, not sure about the sleeves, they're kinda fun and maybe easier to wear with the length (colder evenings and so..)

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  29. I think you should remove the sheer part at the top and sleeve, you could either leave it full length or shorten it to knee length. It's super gorgeous
    xJennaD

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  30. here is my 2 cents..

    shorten it to slightly above knees, cut off the sheer piece covering cleavage but keep the ruffles and sleeves :)

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  31. Hmmmmm. I'd keep it long, and maybe just get rid of the sleeves?? Would it be possible to get rid of the ruffles and the sleeves?? It'd look great as a sleeveless dress, with a little white belt! Kind of like that brown dress Julia Roberts wears in Pretty Woman! Good luck with whatever you decide!

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  32. Definitely shorten it && remove the ruffles, it's a gorgeous piece!

    thistimeisacharm.blogspot.com

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  33. Zonder mouwen & zonder het transparante gedeelte + een stukje korter maken, maar niet té kort ;)

    Gaat weer een hele mooie jurk worden !

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  34. SO pretty!! I say make it above the knee and I like the top how it is but some people have great suggestions for the top too, haha :)
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  35. personally i think that you should take off the sleeves only and make the skirt length aove the knee :) hopefully that helped

    -haylie
    www.lovefashionloveyou.blogspot.com

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  36. I would make it a little shorter..maybe a little over the knees. The rest is perfect :-)

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  37. Kzou zeggen: middellang en zonder mouwen :)

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  38. I would leave the top part how it is. The ruffles are super cute. Then I'd take the hem up to atleast where your knees hit. Then it's a little tamer and the ruffles don't seem as crazy.

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  39. Ik zou het ook mouwloos houden en wat inkorten!
    En zoals Kate Moss zou ik nu niet rondlopen ^^

    X Sarah

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  40. Oh, it's lovely!
    You know what? I know you also like it probably because it's a long dress, but I'll cut it shorter, I think it would be more easy to wear and combine in an outfit!
    Just sayin' :D
    Have a nice week! -Nico-

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  41. Oooh I actually kinda love this as is! I'm inclined to say shorten it but then it may look too much like every other style out there! Like it with sleeves but maybe without the sheer neck panel... :)

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  42. i think it looks lovely already, but if you want to rid it from the feminine look, defs get the ruffles off. xx opinionslave
    / twitter: @opinionslave

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  43. I would remove the sleeves and the ruffle and leave it long if I were going to wear it, but maybe for you I'd shorten it, leave the ruffle as is and get rid of the sleeves and the neckpiece. Cute and floofy seems more your style.

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  44. Ah think twice, zo leuk!
    en ik zeg: mouwen weg en net over de knie! omdat je zo mooi en lang bent gaat dat echt leuk zijn!
    ik volg je, echt leuke blog

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  45. I'm a little late chiming in, but I say remove the sleeves and shorten the hem, leave the ruffle and the sheer fabric over the chest area.

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  46. Ik zou het ook mouwloos houden en wat inkorten!
    En zoals Kate Moss zou ik nu niet rondlopen ^^

    X Sarah

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  47. Oh, it's lovely!
    You know what? I know you also like it probably because it's a long dress, but I'll cut it shorter, I think it would be more easy to wear and combine in an outfit!
    Just sayin' :D
    Have a nice week! -Nico-

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  48. Definitely shorten it && remove the ruffles, it's a gorgeous piece!

    thistimeisacharm.blogspot.com

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  49. Moeilijk moeilijk :) Ik denk: weg met de mouwen, over het sheer-gedeelte aan je hals twijfel ik nog steeds en de jurk inkorten, maar lang genoeg laten om er je petticoat onder te kunnen dragen? :) Veel succes in elk geval! liefs x

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  50. Hem it to the knee, get rid of the sleeves and the sheer bit, but keep the ruffle!

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  51. I think it'd be adorable without the neck or sleeves, and hemmed to knee-length!

    xox

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  52. i love the inspiration dresses! even with the bewbs...

    i would hem the dress to about knee length, and remove the ruffles for sure.

    megan http://mallratcouture.blogspot.com

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  53. i would leave the sleeves but shorten it :)

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

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  54. Keep the top as is but shorten it to tea length. It's gorgeously floofy!

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  55. Boven de knie :) daar stem ik voor! En geen mouwtjes!
    En misschien zou je alleen de ruffels weg kunnen halen en juist dat top sheer part kunnen houden? Zou eventueel een interessant effect kunnen geven?
    En anders zoals op de laatste foto maar dan boven de knie ;)

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  56. Ik vind die jurk gewoonweg zalig zoals ie is!
    Vooral de bovenkant zou ik écht niet veranderen.
    Maak 'm dan maar wat korter to show those pins!

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  57. ik heb uiteindelijk de jurk korter gemaakt en de ruches er vanboven afgehaald, hij is heel schattig-elegant nu!

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