So, I brought it home, and then it sat in the closet for a few months. I thought about how I could re-fashion it into a dress/tunic - but would it work? More importantly, would I actually wear it out of the house? Couldn't hurt to try, right?
I found the original dress online.
It didn't look all that bad on the model.
Unfortunately, it wasn't anywhere near my size and it had this horrible gathering at the neckline and pleating down the front.
I'm kicking myself because I accidentally deleted the "before" photo of me in the too-large dress, but it looked something like this...
Eventually I decided to just go for it! The first thing I did was cut out the pleats!
I sewed up what was then the front, and made a smaller v-neckline, and decided to turn the front of the dress into the back of the dress.
All that was left to do was shorten the hem (I had to take about 12 inches off).
This photo was my inspiration. A bold printed fabric with a chunky belt.
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I actually received a number of compliments the first time I was brave enough to wear it! Not bad for a $5.50 refashion.