Alteration 101: How to Make a T-Shirt Dress Bigger

0.alteration101dress_introphotoHello all!

I apologize for my week-long absence…things have been just crazy with Lil Tot going back to school and getting back into the school routine. And I have an announcement to make soon – can’t wait to share!

alteration101dress_done4I snapped up a Stylestalker Space Jam T-shirt style dress from Shopbop in February – I just couldn’t pass up the cool pattern on it. (All it needs is a kitten shooting rainbows out of its eyes and then its the perfect Dark Side of the Moon-style CD album artwork. Or something like that.)       alteration101dress_materials Unfortunately it was the last dress left and at a size 4 it was a little too tight here and there on me (at the time in February). The mantra I live by:

So I went about to alter it to be a little more skimming, and here’s how you could do the same to a straight-shaped dress that just needs a little extra something:

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Inspired Alert! Miu Miu vs.

Miu Miu Spring 2011 RTW, photo: Monica Feudi / vs. Kaena Point Indigo Blue Dress, $49,

I loved the scalloping detail in Miu MIu’s Spring RTW collection this year.  Apparently someone else did too.;-)  Thanks to, we can all now own the scalloped-edge dress in a deep indigo, similar to what we saw at Miu Miu.  (the scallop detail is covered cord in the Lulus version, whereas the Miu Miu looks like vinyl)

As a side note, I find the name of the dress amusing as Kaena Point is just beyond Hub and my favorite place in the whole wide world: where our secret beach lies at the tip of Yokohama bay on Oahu.


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Shabby Apple Choose-Your-Dress Giveaway!

I am so excited to announce that Shabby Apple is partnering with Chic Steals to give away one of their lovely dress to one lucky winner!  I’ve been a great admirer of all of Shabby Apple’s clothing for a long time – especially their beautiful dresses, which truly need no extra pieces to make a spectacular outfit!  Feminine and flirty, vintage-inspired and tasteful, these are dresses for the modern woman who wants to feel special every day.

The winner of this giveaway gets to choose one dress in their size from the dresses above: the Bernini dress, the Cider dress, the Trade Winds dress, the Champs Elysees dress, or the La Noche Nigra dress (from left to right)

ARV: $78 – $89 (depending on which dress the winner chooses)

The Bernini Dress /  The Cider Dress

The Trade Winds Dress / The Champs Elysees Dress

The La Noche Nigra Dress

How to Enter


2. Leave a comment on this post telling me which lovely dress you would choose if you won! (make sure you leave your email address or that your address is in your profile so I can contact you). (1 entry)


3. Tweet this giveaway. Leave a SEPARATE comment on this post with the link to your tweet! (1 entry)

Total: 2 entries per person allowed.

However, if you do not keep your additional entry comment separate from your required entry comment, it WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

Giveaway open to U.S. residents only (apologies to my international readers).

Giveaway period is open from now until Thursday, June 23, 11:59 PM PST.

Edit 6/23: Giveaway period is now closed and winner will be announced shortly.

Winner chosen by and notified by email.

And if you just can’t wait to hear the results of the giveaway, Shabby Apple is also offering Chic Steals readers an exclusive discount code: chicsteals10off to receive 10% off any order from (good until 7/14/11)  So if you just can’t get these beautiful pieces out of your head, check them all out (including skirts, jewelry, swimwear, and kids apparel) online:

Shabby Apple Women’s Dresses

Good luck!
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