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How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial

I love finding a fantastic dress with it’s own unique details. I was given this white and tan striped linen dress that was much too big for me. I learned this technique in a tailor shop, and it’s a technique that I use over and over again. Here’s a quick overview of how I fixed it.
How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial
If you had a dress that doesn’t fit well you can also just add back darts!
I love the fun stripes and the linen texture. It’s the perfect summer dress. If you are sewing stripes this is how to match stripes.
How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial
 

1. Cut off sleeves. Mark sides. I wanted to keep the skirt flared so I only pinned under the arms and at the waist. Mark where you want the sleeve seam.

How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial
2. Sew in sides and trim.
How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial
3. Finish edges and iron seam open.
How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial

4. Cut two armhole. I cut on the black dots.

How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial

5. Check width of sleeve to the new armhole. I had to take in my sleeves about half the amount as my sides. Trim and finish edges. Iron open.

How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial

6. Reattach sleeves. Finish edges.

How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial
How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial

That’s it! You now have a new dress!

 How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial
How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial
 How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial

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So did you sew up the side seams all the way to the shoulder? And then completely cut out new armholes??

I really like your blog – you give so many great sewing techniques! Thank you!

I sewed up the side seams until I hit the armhole. Because of the shape of the armhole, this raises the bottom of the armhole so I cut mine down. Does that make sense?

Indeed, a lovely summer dress. And with the cute, white belt is even more lovely!

Good tutorial. Thanks!
Kathy

This is great, I think I must put my baby in my after photos too! I like it 🙂 SO cute!

Found you from the co-op…your new follower. I can't wait to see what is next!

awesome! I'm going to save this tutorial for later. I love thrift store shopping and sometimes see fabric I love in dresses I don't.

Good job!

Way cute. Wish I was brave to just chop into stuff.
Also, was that tailors chalk in the picture? Where might one pick up stuff like that?

VERY cute. I'd like one like this for church!

that is an awesome dress! love the details.