My husband may have actually rolled his eyes when this dress came home the other day. I'm not sure he believed that I could turn it into anything wearable (and if I'm honest I wasn't sure I could either - but I was going to give it a try).
After a little refashioning:
All of those flowers are hand cross-stitched!
Here's what I did to make this wearable:
1. Removed the sleeves and re-stitched the arm openings.
2. Added 2 strips of elastic across the front of the waist to take it in and add more definition.
3. Chopped off bunches of length and re-hemmed to above the knee.
It's still very "sweet" but definitely less matronly.