I bought this 1942 Simplcity pattern off eBay that I fell in love with. Look at it, how could you not love it?
Only it doesn't really fit. It looks horrible. It looks like a circus bigtop. And the sleeves are comically tiny - I can't even fit my forearms into the sleeves (though the sleeve holes on the dress are fine).
Now the obvious thing to do would be to pinch the waist in a bit, but I'd have to take the pinches from the back since the front seams are all topstitched, and I'd only have an inch of play before it got to tight for me to wear anyway (too tight is as equally unflattering as too big!).I'd like to keep it as a dress if I can, so if someone's got ideas, please help!!
If I can't keep it as one dress, my idea is to chop it in half (but will that long side zipper be difficult to get around?).
Then, add a simple camisole top to the bottom half, making it a sundress:
And add capped sleeves to the top half, making it a top (the neckline's too good to lose!) :
What do you think I should do?? Please give me any crazy ideas you have - the fabric was only 75p a meter, so I'm open to all suggestions!
I really like the colours, but the style is not very flattering on you....no offense meant by that at all lol. I think it's the bold stripes that do it,but maybe you could put some bigger darts in the bust area to bring it into your body more?
I like the neckline, but it seems really high and kind of swaps you...would you be able to lower it a little?
I think the sundress idea is really good if you can't keep it as a dress, you'd then have a two for the price of one deal lol. Sorry I couldn't be more help, but let us know what you decide to do it would be a shame to waste all the work you put in.