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rubyshineshoes
« on: August 29, 2010 01:06:09 PM »

If my mother has another casual summer dress, she doesn't wear it. Which is a shame, because this one is an ankle-length, shapeless thing. It has a crewneck with armholes that open down to mid-ribcage, so she has to wear a t-shirt under it.

I'd like to reduce the armholes and maybe convert it into a v-neck wrap dress, but I'm not sure how to do it. If I simply pinch the sides of the armholes together to make a reasonably sized opening, sewing straight down to the hem will make the dress too narrow to fit. The pockets are also quite large (probably extend to the hips) and I have no idea how to work around them.

Any suggestions?

Edit, with some thoughts:
From under armholes, cut across dress to create top and skirt. Make angled cut across neckline to create faux-wrap; fold hem and sew; top-stitch some trim to continue wrap illusion. Take in armholes as mentioned above. Open side of skirt and add trim to edges; overlap as in a real wrap dress; reattach top to skirt. Add sash belt, sleeves, etc. May need an elastic waist or zipper.
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pinkropers
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2010 03:09:15 PM »

Taking in those side seams with the faced armholes and pockets would give you very bulky seams as well as making the fit narrower.

I would put vertical darts on both front and back.

Have her put it on wrong side out, and pinch in at her narrowest part, slightly above the natural waist, and use safety pins to position that. You'll have two in the front and two in the back. When you achieve a flattering fit, lay the dress out on a flat surface and lightly pencil in your darts ending in a point under the bust, and ending in a point above the hips.  I have done this for myself. She will still need to use a tank top or a tee shirt.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2010 06:38:30 PM »

This is just an idea, I've never done it, but you could take some matching fabric (like the color of the flowers for example) and sew pieces of it into the armholes so they look like she's wearing a tank top underneath without actually wearing one.
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2010 08:10:16 PM »

If you want to change the neckline and it really is shapeless you could try to pull up the shoulders (to raise the armholes to the proper level) and make a new neckline. Although the pockets might end up in a funny place.
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