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Topic: any tips on how to make a dress bigger across the chest? help me please! w/pics!  (Read 1199 times)
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« on: March 30, 2006 04:14:43 PM »

today at the salvation army i found a fabulous never-been-worn nicole miller dress for $8, and it fit perfectly, except for around the arm holes, sort of.  it's sleeveless by the way. it's a little tight across the chest, and i guess in the arm holes. it's only one size smaller than i normally wear, but it fit so perfectly in the hips. does anyone have any advice on making it bigger in just those areas? i was thinking about adding a wedge of fabric under the arms. i'm just a little afraid of cutting the dress up because it's so lovely and was such a good deal. any help would be greatly, enormously appreciated!!!!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2006 04:49:23 PM »

don't  cut  use  your  seam  ripper  that  would  be the  only  way I could  think of to do it....  good luck.
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2006 06:46:19 PM »

I agree, use a seam ripper and take apart the seams and use a smaller seam allowance in the bust area.
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2006 06:56:20 AM »

from your description i suspect there is more to this than just not being big enough around.

is the armscye deep enough?  is it too wide in the front?  too narrow in the back?

is the cup size big enough?  is the cup fullness located directly over the fullest part of your bust?

any of these things being the wrong size will make the bodice tight in the chest, even if it is big enough around.

try it on again, post some pictures and please describe the inside of the dress so i can give you better suggestions.
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2006 04:10:56 PM »

hahahaha i seriously wasn't going to cut it. i have a seam ripper and know how to use it. but thanks!

rostitchery- thanks for offering some help! the dress sort of flattens out my boobs. like it fits pretty well when i don't wear a bra, but my boobs look smushed down. the arms don't cut me really high. pretty normal, but a little tight. it just sort of feels like the arms come in too much in the front or something. i know it's sort of difficult to understand. when i wear it, it feels like if i just made it a little bit bigger under the arm pit area on the sides it would fit better. but i also have very little experience in tailoring this type of thing. here are some pics to help you out.

this is to show that it's a bit tight across the chest. it doesn't look too bad, but my chest is like a 36 C (def. not a size 4!) so maybe this will help to show how much they're being squished. you can also see how it sort of gets tight around my arm pits.



this is the inside seam. i just highlighted where the seam is so you can see better.



and here is the dress just to give an idea of the over-all shape.



Seriously, thank you so much for your help!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2006 06:17:48 PM »

well, it looks to me like  there is not enough cup depth (the dart is bulging at the point),  and there is not enough circumference (crosswise wrinkles around the midriff).

if there is enough seam allowance at the sides, you can let it out to give more circumference.  however, getting bust cup depth is not as simpler, because cup depth goes from side to side AND up and down.  which means you need more length in the front if the waist and hem are to remain level.

making a deeper dart will make the cup deeper from side seam to apex but it won't give you extra length.  it might not matter to you, so baste it and see how you feel about it.

the triangle of fabric you mentioned is called a gusset and in this case it is a last choice because it won't provide the cup solution you need.
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2006 10:46:29 AM »

thanks so much for the tips! i will give the alterations a go and see what happens. hopefully i won't ruin this dress because i love it. do you think it would be feasable to add any fabric to the sides to give more circumference? in person the dress doesn't look overly tight, except for in the chest. the dress was a bit wrinkled when i took the pics, but i do agree that i could probably add some width to make it fit more comfortably. if i ever fix this i'll post pics. again, thanks so much for your help.
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2006 04:06:35 PM »

try it, but i wouldn't expect good results.
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