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How to tailor a dress

A well fitted dresses can flatter any body shape. But finding a drss for your shape can be challenging. However, tailoring skills can help any dress fit like a glove. Here are some tailoring ideas you can replicate.



Before you let out a dress to make it bigger, you need to check to see if this is possible with your dress. The dress will have to have been sewn with extra material at the seams so it's possible to let it out. Naturally, its easier to tailor a dress to be smaller than larger,.



++. More expensive clothing typically have extra material at the seams but if you have a casual dress that you picked up at the department store, you might be out of luck ++



Turn the dress inside out and take a look at one of the side seams of the dress so you can see if it can be let out. You're looking for two different options. With the first, there will be extra fabric at the side seam that will be folded along the seam. If you were to remove the stitches, the extra fabric would unfold. If possible, remove the line of stitching and get a little bit of extra fabric that can be used to make the dress bigger. If you don't have any extra fabric at the seam, you won't be able to let out the dress.


 

ALTER SIZE - WIDEN


its easier to tailor a dress to be smaller than larger. Take your measuring tape and measure from one side seam to the other on the dress at the waist and write this number down. Repeat with your hips. Take each number and then multiply it times 2 to determine the waist and hip measurements of the dress. Subtract your waist and hips measurement from the numbers you found. Divide this number by 2. This is the number of inches you'll need to let out the dress on each of the sides. Subtract your waist and hips measurement from the numbers you found. Divide this number by 2. This is the number of inches you'll need to let out the dress on each of the sides.



In relation to shape, using darts is a great way to add re-shape and structure your garment. If you have a garment that is baggy or doesn't fit your body shape, you could try adding darts to change that.


 
SHORTEN OR LENGTHEN

Take your measuring tape and measure from one side seam to the other on the dress at the waist and write this number down. Repeat with your hips. Take each number and then multiply it times 2 to determine the waist and hip measurements of the dress. Subtract your waist and hips measurement from the numbers you found. Divide this number by 2. This is the number of inches you'll need to let out the dress on each of the sides.




Subtract your waist and hips measurement from the numbers you found. Divide this number by 2. This is the number of inches you'll need to let out the dress on each of the sides.



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