OK -- I'm about to attempt my first recon. I bought some dresses at the thrift shop, and I thought I'd take the top of one (knit material, shirtwaist style top) and make a different skirt for it. Then I discovered the top is too small for me. (Not too surprising -- it's a 12-14, and I'm more like an 18)
So, I need to enlarge it. I figure I have 2 options -- put in a panel of some fabric between the button bands (I *think* I can get away with only enlarging the front...) or putting in triangles of fabric under the arms...
Any thoughts on which approach would work better? Any examples?
OK... Here are the dresses:
I will be re-using the top of this one. I've pinned a panel of the skirt fabric between the 2 button bands, to make it fit. Seems OK so far.
This is the one I will re-use for the bottom. I've been taking out the seams, and will add in 2 additional panels. There are buttons on the waist, which I may re-use, or I may just do a jersey waist band at the bottom of the top piece, and attach it there.