Before & After Photos Of My Altered Irish Dance Dress


I finished altering my old Irish dance dress! I really love how it turned out. My goal was to create a dress that makes me look more like an adult than a kid. I wrote about my plan to alter this dress earlier this week. Click here to read the article.

I'm no seamstress, so I kept the basic design intact, but I added some accessories, chopped off the fluff, bought a more basic petticoat underskirt, and changed the way the cape is attached. I tried the whole thing on Saturday and took a few photos. I could hardly believe the difference. I look like an adult wearing this dress now! I've never been able to say that about an Irish dance costume. I also think it helped that I fixed my hair in a fancy side-bun with a large flower instead of wearing a wig.

Here are the before and after photos of my Irish dance dress:



I'm so excited that the alterations were a complete success! I can't wait to wear my 'new' dress next Saturday when I compete at the Wasatch Winter Feis.

Article written by Shelly Allen
Photos by Shelly Allen Photography.

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