For the tailoring, I zigzag sewed the side seams and cut away the extra "fabric" and then proceeded to cut off the extra bulk, and was planning on hand stitching the ends, but they kind of all came undone up the sewed edge. My dress is 100% wool, so I thought why not just needle felt in all those pesky ends. It looks finished and is very secure.
This technique can be applied to other uses as well. Our friend Katy knit this cute pear with Patagonia cotton and stuffed it with roving and lavender. She crocheted the leaf and then needle felted it onto the pear.
This is a sweet little gift she is giving to her Grandma for her stash to deter moths. Merry Christmas everyone!