This is the original dress I found. It was ill-fitting everywhere, had a dropped waist, faux pockets, and baggy long sleeves. Can it be saved?!........ Of course it can.
Here's what I did:
1. Cut the sleeves and hemmed them to the shoulder.
2. Cut the bodice away from the skirt (yes, it IS nerve racking to cut a dress in half)
and tapered both to be smaller.
3. Reattached the skirt to the bodice at the natural waist.
4. Made a matching belt with the excess fabric from the sleeves. :)
Side by side