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Sewing dilemma! Already cut and sewn but too small!
Simplicity 2246 shirtdress
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Date: 6/12/12 11:17 AM

I'm sewing view 'A' of this pattern
http://sewing.patternreview.com/patterns/46301
Now I did a tissue fitting and it was fine cut a 14. Now I've sewn up sides and shoulders added the placket. Tried it on and uh-oh....it fits everywhere except my hips.
What do I do?
Can I put a gore in the back perhaps? Take it up so it becomes a shirt?
Its such nice fabric I'd hate to waste it.

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Date: 6/12/12 11:24 AM

How much more room do you need and how many seams do you have? Can you resew the seams from 5/8th's inch to 1/4 inch? You could get an extra inch in circumference that way.

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Date: 6/12/12 11:36 AM

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How much more room do you need and how many seams do you have? Can you resew the seams from 5/8th's inch to 1/4 inch? You could get an extra inch in circumference that way.

An extra inch will make it 'fit' but it will be very snug (danger of buttons popping when I sit etc.)

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Date: 6/12/12 2:34 PM

You can add two gores, one at each side seam.

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Date: 6/12/12 2:37 PM

Two gores make this a super "design opportunity" --

If you make the two gores in a dark, contrasting fabric: it has a VERY slimming effect because your sides will tend to disappear.

Can you post a picture of the dress as it is so far?

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Date: 6/12/12 3:05 PM

Letting it out the extra inch is a good start.

Is the collar on already? If not you can increase the front placket width and gain another 1/2 inch. Instead of it being say 1 1/4 inch make it 1 3/4 inch. For button placement, overlap your center front just 1 1/4. Do the extension depending on the garment construction- a separate pieced placket or a continued front that bends back. You'd need enough fabric to add on and have to decrease the collar seams to fit the longer front into it.

If you have even more fabric, this might help you- adding an unpressed box pleat at the center back neck, maybe 2 inches wide for the pleat depth. Add 1 inch on either side to form the pleat bend back going to the center back. Your total cut insertion would be 4 inches, plus the tiniest seam allowance. Once folded, the pleat is 2 inches and that's your gain in movement. Hope this isn't confusing; make a paper one if you're not clear. You'd have to slit the center back open. Take the narrowest, serger if you have one, seam. Then you won't reduce too much what you're gaining from all your efforts. I'd press the join seam at the center back, but let the underlay of the pleat be unpressed. Scrunched in with the belt it should look alright and you might want to tack the pleat at the waist. Technically, you'd be taking fit from the pleat, not ideal, but since it's a casual dress, I say so what. Better to rescue your dress and enjoy it.

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Date: 6/12/12 6:01 PM

Perhaps you could do a subtle "lace insertion", if that's a style you are comfortable with? usually that is done on top of the fabric, but you could possible cut the fabric (on the straight grain) and add the lace with small seams (hopefully gaining more than you lose).

Fagotting might also gain you some ease?

lace insertion tutorial fagotting
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Date: 6/12/12 6:34 PM

I'd consider godets rather than gores. They are a little trickier to sew, but you could even add several if you want a fuller skirt.

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Date: 6/13/12 7:52 AM

This is the dress so far.
I like the thought of doing godets in the side seams. I was going to use it to dance in so more room and movement would be good.

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Date: 6/13/12 10:14 AM

Gores or Godets look like a great option.

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