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Old 01-27-2011, 06:04 PM
 
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still totally unsure where to post this, hobbies, fashion? fashion fit best.

my mum gave me a dress she knew i'd like, knowing that it was far too small. like 4 dress sizes smaller. and too long for my height. she knows that i like knee length dresses, and all she said "you fix clothes all the time, make it how you want."
the problem is i cant just go out and get matching fabric for a dress that is 20+ years old and act like its going to go together like no problem. i thought maybe letting out but still not enough fabric. and i thought maybe if i can bring the hem up 6 inches and use the remaining fabric to add an inch or two to the sides? ive done a dress once before but every dress after a total disaster. I'm really wanting to wear it and all but i have to figure it out and i have no patience lately.


suggestions will be great!
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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You're never going to get it to look right, let it go.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:49 PM
 
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yeah,let it go
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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At four sizes difference, there's going to be no way you can alter that dress to fit your body. If it was just a problem of length, that is one thing. But the top? Even if you could find matching fabric (or an offset fabric to accent), you're going to have problems with trying to keep the bust points on target. Minor alterations on a dress aren't too bad, but it's when you start doing major alterations that you're more likely to destroy it.

Give it back to your mum and tell her that it'd be no good to alter it. If she doesn't take it back, give it to a friend, sell it on eBay, or donate it to a thrift store.
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Gilbert Arizona
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As a former costumer for the theater, and bridal salon worker, sorry but there is just no way. You can take a dress in quite a bit, you can get maybe 1/4-1/2" extra on old dresses (new are serged,good luck) but any attempts to add more will be glaringly obvious and never flattering. The"gusset", or added slice of fabric, is like a big ol sign saying "this dress did not fit!" I have added them, its never pretty.

May I suggest selling the dress on E Bay and finding something else you like. Like Rita said.Good luck!
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Old 01-28-2011, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Ditto...the time and effort wouldn't be worth it.
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:10 AM
 
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someone suggested to let out a few of the seams. i put it on, did some measurements, and i may have misinterpreted the dress sizes a bit (since i usually know what will fit me and i have good judgment on that, but not always!) since on the back, there is 4 seams along the back and letting them out will bring them out a LITTLE. i have altered a dress once that was even smaller, it didnt look so bad with two small added seams along the side where the arm sits. not totally sure how i managed to make it look right, luck i guess? i will take a peak and see what i can do. my grandma had said that i couldnt make a skirt, but i made it.
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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someone suggested to let out a few of the seams. i put it on, did some measurements, and i may have misinterpreted the dress sizes a bit (since i usually know what will fit me and i have good judgment on that, but not always!)
So the dress is a bit bigger than you expected? Great.

Depending upon the dress style and placement of seams, bringing it out an inch or so should not be too difficult. I can't say for sure because I haven't seen the dress and it's layout.

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since on the back, there is 4 seams along the back and letting them out will bring them out a LITTLE
That's why a lot of good dressmakers will leave extra fabric in the seams - especially in formal dresses that have to fit just right.

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i have altered a dress once that was even smaller, it didnt look so bad with two small added seams along the side where the arm sits. not totally sure how i managed to make it look right, luck i guess? i will take a peak and see what i can do.
That's called a gusset. From "photography distance", most people can't tell (depending upon the size, of course), but those things make seamstresses want to facepalm. It is a painstakingly obvious sign that you were far too large for the dress.

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my grandma had said that i couldnt make a skirt, but i made it.
I've never seen an everyday-skirt that would have been difficult to make. Never. Anybody who can lay two piece of fabric together and run a seam (even crooked) could make some semblance of a skirt. Heck, even handsewing a skirt isn't hard.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Gilbert Arizona
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Sounds like you are a really good seamstress and you did find a way
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