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Topic: I'm reconning a dress for the first time, and help would be greatly appreciated  (Read 735 times)
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« on: March 21, 2010 06:40:25 PM »

Hello! I normally hang out on the needlework board, but I need the help of the sewers here.  

I bought a size 24 tank dress in a pretty dark blue rose print for 2.99 at Goodwill this weekend. It's very well made and the fabric is awesome, but it's tent-like and ankle length on me (I'm an 18/20).

I want to reconstruct it with a more modern, fitted bodice, a shorter length and possibly a tulip skirt.  I know generally what I have to do to it (like pin, cut and re-shape the top and bottom ,then put it back together) but any hints and tips would be heartily welcomed.

Please PM me if you don't want to leave lengthy comments on this board!

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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2010 09:27:38 PM »

Get a friend. Massacre the dress up the seams. do some math, have your bud check your math, cut just a little less off than what you think you should, sew up with a basic straight stitch, and have your friend pin-fit you. Alter as necessary.

This might not be what you are asking about though.

OT: why do all of these people get good prices at goodwill and they ask for 15$ for a shapeless Mumu?
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