I think I've made a plan to make the kimono dress wearable, hooray. One thing that gave me the 'courage' I needed to make changes was my recent discovery of the website Refashionista.net It has been going for ten years, so I don't know why it took me so long to discover it! Jilly buys thrift store clothing and then snips and sews and refashions them to suit her own size and style. There are some simply amazing transformations on her site. I had to cut off a section of the back to make it less pouffy, channeling my inner jilly as I did so! I hope to get finished today, fingers crossed.