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Size 4 to size now


I have had this dress a loooooong time.
So long, in fact, that it is a size 4.
I have not been a size 4 since before I had Missy.
She was 9 in March.

The funny (read-tragic) thing is, this dress was too big for me when I bought it! Which was why it has never, not even one time, been worn.

I have a hard time with dresses, especially shirt dresses, because my upper and lower halves are two very different sizes. As you can see this size 4 top is perfect, but the ‘before’ pic shows you that there was no hope of this EVER buttoning all the way again. Ever!

So, I chopped the sleeves.
Very carefully picked out both cuff seams.
Very carefully picked out the hem seam.
Spilt the side seams up to the fifth button from the top.
Split both sleeve pieces in two where they were already cut for the sleeve detail.
Sewed each set into two longer pieces.
Pinned the hell out those pieces into both side seam openings, tapering towards the top.
Sewed the bits in.
Made some adjustments.
Re-hemmed the bottom.
Made new sleeve hems.
Shortened button tabs and reattached to each sleeve.
Marvel at the fact that I have another dress to wear in my quest to look my age and pretend that I have style ;0)

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You make it look so easy. Very, very nice! I really like your inspiration. Thanks.
wendy L.
wendy L. · Providence, Rhode Island, US · 2 projects
You TOTALLY have style! This proves it!
Deborah F.
Deborah F. · London, GB
Brilliantly done, and beautifully and wittily written. A joy to read...you rock.
live2create · Ottawa, Ontario, CA · 13 projects
great job!
Sara B.
Sara B.
That's Awesome you would never know you had modified it!
Lisa G.
Lisa G.
Brilliant! Nicely done!
PinkWeeds · Omaha, Nebraska, US · 207 projects
wow so much work! Now if only I could do that with a couple of pencil skirts I have that are too small.

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