This is my dress downsize!
I started trying my hand at refashioning just a few months ago. If someone had told me at that time that I'd be able to downsize a dress (and still have it look like) I would have thought they were CRAZY!
Here's how I did it:
|Original size tag|
The original size tag was cut out in the process of making this dress. Here it is!
|Before I started sewing|
I started this project by laying the dress out on my sewing room floor.
|Cut taken apart at the seams|
I divided the dress into its major sections. That is: arms, bodice (top) and skirt.
|Downsizing the bodice|
I turned this dress pieces inside out and section by section worked on each one.
For the bodice, took in the sides, shortened the strap that went over the shoulder.
|My edits to this dress|
The original design of this dress had the waist line falling at my natural waist. I shortened the bodice a bit so that it becomes an empire waist dress. That means that the waist line is just below my breasts instead of at my waist. (That's a more flattering style on my body).
|New Dress Happy Dance!|
First - this was an easy project! BUT, I've also been sewing since I was 6 (my grandmother was a professional seamstress). There are a BUNCH of things I wish I'd known before I started this project.
1. Cut thoughtfully! When cutting the dress apart, be careful to cut along the seam line. Don't just lay the dress on the floor and cut across. (I messed up the waist by simply cutting across.
2. Use a dress form if you have one!
3. If you can, sew in your underwear! I took this dress on and off a thousand times trying to get the fit right. In the end I was just sitting around the sewing room in my underwear.
4. BASTE FIRST! Or sew using the largest stitch length on your machine You may have to put stitches in and take them out more than once. I attached this skirt 2-3 times before I had it just right.
SUPER PRO TIP:
Understand that you might ruin a dress trying to remake it. The success stories end up on blogs. The mess ups are in a sad pile in my sewing room and you never hear about them.
SAVE YOUR MISTAKES! You know how in cryogenics they freeze the body so that when/if a cure for whatever killed come along you can be brought back? Ok, so even if you didn't know that - that's what they do. Anyway - save your mistakes! Someday you may have enough experience to fix what you messed up! Alternatively, your mess ups may help you with another project later on.