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« on: April 15, 2006 11:51:20 AM »

I finally got the pitures going.  I received this wonderful dress for Valentine's day, but the waist is much higher than my actualy waist and it's uncomfortable, and the bodice is a bit too tight.  It's from a vintage store with no return policy.  It would be lovely if it fit right.  What can I do?  Embarrassed

Here is the dress from the front.

My hands are on my true waist.

From the back.
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2006 12:05:09 PM »

Would the bodice fit okay if you made it strapless?  It looks like most of the tightness is around the armholes and the bosom.  Taking the straps off would also drop the top down a little and help with the short waist. 

Sorry, no help otherwise....but it is a lovely color on you!  Oh wait, another possibility might be to take apart the bodice and skirt and put a waistband on the skirt, wear them as separates.  I did that with someone's vintage prom dress in high school (I'm bizarrely long-waisted). 
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2006 12:06:28 PM »

your hands are at your PREFERRED waist, but the dress is as your TRUE waist.

the difference is:  preferred waist is where you like to wear your clothes.  true waist is where your body is most narrow.  this is usually between 1"-3" ABOVE the belly button, often just under the rib cage.

this dress being made when it was (from the cut i'd say late 50's-early 60s"), it has the waistline in the true waist location.

the only way to lower the waist is to take the skirt off, insert fabric, and then reapply the skirt.

the only way to make the bodice less tight is to let out the seams, if there is enough seam allowance, and if there is not, you will also have to insert fabric.

bear in mind that when this dress was made, women wore foundation garments that made things fit like gloves.  also, the average woman was much smaller than today.

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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2006 12:24:45 PM »

What about if you raised the waistline?  It would involve a lot of ripping and resewing, expecially because of the zipper, but you could cut out the whole bodice area below your bust, and re-attach the skirt, so it is an empire waist, instead.  Or, you could perhaps, instead of just re-attaching the skirt to the bustline, add a strip of fabric ( I don't know what look you are wanting, but I'd say use a strip of contrasting fabric, like black satin, or something like that) that is 1"-3" wide, and put it between the bust and the skirt.

Thing with these ideas is that because of the way your skirt is made, it may make you look pregnant.  You might want to take it in in certain areas or add darts in order to not have the gathers that are on top....

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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2006 01:31:34 PM »

I had thought about adding a strip and then getting a new zipper.  I was just wondering if there was an easy way to deal with this as I don't feel too comfortable with my sewing machiene and I don't want to ruin the dress.  There's not a heck of a lot of seam allowance.  And amen about the foundation garments.  I kind of need a bullet bra to really fit this right. 

So I guess were on to what kind of fabric would do well with this.  I love the red.  Maybe something in black?  A darker red?
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2006 03:09:24 PM »

If you want to keep it red, perhaps you would be willing to take of a bit from the hem the skirt and use that?

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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2006 03:18:55 PM »

Would a wide, black sash waistband work?  It would certainly allow you to lower the top of the skirt, and might help with the bodice fit.

On a similar note, you could attach a waistband to the skirt and remake the bodice into a separate top.  It would still have a vintage feel to it, but be totally to your taste and fit specifications.

Good luck -- I look forward to seeing the finished product.

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