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« on: April 22, 2008 08:40:24 PM »

Okay, so I made this empire waist dress that I'm really proud of. I didn't use a pattern, just sort of figured things out as I went along...mainly because all maternity patterns seem to be quite matronly. That being said, I did cut the top portion a little too short (for my tastes [read: boobies]) and I made the skirt a bit too long (again, for my tastes [read: my short ass]).

Here's a crappy camera phone shot of the dress:



...it's really a lot cuter on. It has ties that wrap around front and tie in back, thus accentuating my baby belly. I plan on doing a french cuff on the sleeves using the flowered fabric.

Here's where my dilemma lies, I'd rather shorten it from the waistline rather than the hem. I tried messing with it today, but I guess I'm just not that talented to figure out how to do it from there. I can take out the seam, though I did already trim it, so there's not much fabric on the top to resew. Do I just need to resew the seam or is there some super awesome trick way to take up the hem from the waist that I don't know about?

Any help would be great! Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2008 07:39:10 AM »

Shorten it where the floral and the solid meet near the bottom. Leave it longer front & center, not even all the way around, otherwise it'll hike up too much when your 7 months plus.
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