Also at Stedman's are clothes. I don't usually look too much, since the change room seems to be an after thought in the store, and I usually have hooligans with me. But one time last summer I did look through a sales rack and found a maxi dress that I loved. It was very lightweight, and even lined. The top was beautifully smocked, with adjustable straps. It was a bit too long, and sized 3X. For the most part, it did fit, for some reason, though the elastic along the top of the bodice did not lay on my skin. I figured I could easily take it in and shorten it.
I liked the smocking, and thought it might make a good bodice piece. I carefully cut it off just below the band that was partially missing, so that bit would be in the seam allowance and give the maximum amount available for the midriff. I shortened the top portion of the skirt, to save the lovely border print. I re-seamed it to the smocked midriff.
I think the midriff might actually be too high, as you can see it doesn't sit right at my waist and it makes me look like I have a roll. Well, I am soft in the middle, LOL, but I didn't think I looked like this.
Perhaps there's too many horizontal lines? I kept pulling the midriff down trying to smooth it out, but maybe it just needs to be narrower.