The next DIY project catch-ups during this holiday season was fixing this maxi wrap dress, a Sarah Parrott (from Fashion Star Season 1) maxi dress that I bought at H&M. It’s a great versatile maxi dress with a mesh racer back details that I love, yet there were two serious problems I had with it:
1. The skirt portion opened up all the way to the waist in case a strong wind blows past.
2. The chest area was open way too low and I could not wear this dress without a safety pin’s aid to keep the front decently closed.

The first problem was easy to fix; a straight stitch with my sewing machine fixed the problem immediately. The second problem was more tricky. Relying on a safety pin every time I want to wear the dress (like pictured below) will only make the dress rip one of these days; not to mention that the safety pin did not really help much if I so much as slightly bend over. This wrap dress is in dire need of a neckline fix.

Fortunately, I had a chiffon halter top (also from H&M) that has an attached black scarf. I have a separate plan for the halter top, but the scarf portion was perfect to help me fix this maxi wrap dress’ neckline.

So I cut the scarf in two, and use one part each to add some coverage to the right and left wrap panels. I gave more attention to the front since that’s the most visible, and I hand stitched the panels to keep the attachments invisible.

It took me about 1.5 hour to do the hand stitching, after some pinning and slight adjustments. Here’s how the front of the dress and the left front panel looked like (inside out) after all the hand stitching job was done.

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And this is how it looks like when I wore it. I apparently stitched the left panel more slanted than I thought, however I welcome the asymmetrical neckline. After all, the goal was met: the girls are safely tucked in even when I bend over. Bye bye safety pin!

One more look of the before and after of the wrap dress’ neckline fix:

So there you have it! Thank you for reading; until next time,