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Date: 4/9/12 11:22 AM

I made a simple lined dress this weekend. Although I made it with significantly less ease than the pattern called for, it still hangs on me like a potato sack.

Is it possible to take in a lined dress, without taking apart the entire thing? The fabric is bias cut, and seam ripping distorts it too much. I don't think I can deconstruct it.

I'm thinking I can just start at the arm hole, sew the seam allowance in a bit, and then grade it back out at the waist to add some shaping. As long as I do the same thing to the dress and the lining- will that work?

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Date: 4/10/12 9:43 AM

that's how I would do it, I might also consider vertical darts vs taking in the side seams

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Date: 4/10/12 10:14 AM

Thanks- glad to know it is a decent plan.
I don't think darts would work with this dress (Vogue 1208).

With the hem finished the sack look doesn't look quite as bad as it did before, but it is pretty shapeless...

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Date: 4/14/12 10:32 PM

There are some reviews of this pattern, and they all say the size is off, it was huge on them all. If you don't need to take it in at the shoulders, then your plan should work, If you are evenly shaped. I recommend you measure yourself carefully, front and back separately, and left side and right side separately, for hips, waist, and lower bust. This dress must lightly skim the body to look right. If you are unequally sized in left to right, or front to back, keep that iun mind as you take it in.

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