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« on: April 30, 2010 07:53:02 AM »

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Have been asked to a regency ball soon and have found this beautiful silk and linen dress in a charity shop. Unfortunately it is too tight around the bust, is there anything I can do to adjust or recon to make it fit. Nothing too complicated please. Waiting with baited breath. Thanks

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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2010 09:05:35 AM »

if there are darts you could let them out, but how about a bit of lateral thinking, slit it up the front and put in a piece of lace/braid and then use the same in a line under the bust to give that empire line.

to do it 'properly' you should take apart all of the side seams and let it out and hope there is enough fabric there to let it out sufficiently.

« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2010 01:06:14 PM »

There isn't much seam allowance I'm afraid. I did think about the strip up the midddle but hadn't thought about the under the bust line aswell. That sounds good. Thanks for that.
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2010 09:13:41 AM »

Can you create a v-neck insert that would give you a few more inches in the bust?  Maybe in a floral silk, and if you wanted accents, you could use a band of the same fabric on the arm and bottom hems.

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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2010 11:12:37 AM »

I'd be tempted to do something daft like split it right downt he centre back and put in a full length piece of matching cotton or broderie anglasie which is wider at the bottom than the top. This will give the skirt a bit mor fullness around the bum and broaden it across the bust a little. Then i would put a button fastening on the back.

Stich a narrow strip of broderie anglaise under bust across the front only, and leave a long tail on either side to tie at the back and gather in close under the bust to give the clsoe fitting bodice, empire waist and fuller skirt, with emphasice on the bum.

You want the fuller skirt to help with movement too, especially if the event will have any dancing.
trip the sleeves, neck and hem with more lace or broderie anglaise. You may consider also dropping the neckline a touch. This might lossen up the busta  bit but would also give the 'classic' regency bust. (classic in inverted commas, since from what i have read, the neckline was as likely to be low and revealing as it was to be high and modest)
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2010 12:06:26 PM »

Thanks for your advice, really appreciate the comments.I may try a combination of your ideas, haven't got much time though and still need to find fabric Huh Found this photo so will attempt the third style on the right. Hopefully will update finished result.
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2010 02:23:06 PM »

Love that style. Should be easy enough to mod the dress to look like that. Just be aware that if you are taking in under the bust to make an empire waste, you may need to either
a) use elastic in the waist
b) put a fastening in the back
c) make the bit in the front were it pinches together to make the point between the two 'V's actually a tieing point. So instead of putting in two V shape panels you put in 1 long straight panel and then tie it togehter at the waist.

otherwise it is tricky to get in and out
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2010 12:19:37 AM »

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Update: See post in reconstructed. Thanks again guys!
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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2010 06:29:15 AM »

looks great, well done!

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