This is the before:
Rhinestone buttons, ill-fitting bodice, awkward sleeves. But gorgeous fabric.
And after, with a few adjustments:
Took in side seams and bust darts, removed and re-set sleeves, shortened sleeves and skirt length, changed buttons and belt. I actually won’t wear this with fancy stockings and shoes, but rather with a flats and boots. The angle is weird here too, camera low and tilting up, the dress looks shorter here than it appears when looking at it straight on.
I need to find a halfway decent photographer who wants to pad out their portfolio taking pictures of things I’ve sewn. I am a really crummy photographer. Although I suppose setting up the camera and using the self timer like this doesn’t really work out for anyone.