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Date: 7/29/12 8:50 AM

In patterns and Notions some one posted a picture of this beautiful Burda Sheath Dress! I am so in love with it!

How ever it is made for a tall woman.... I am only 5'3, but I do believe that I have a well proportioned torso. How would I go about altering this dress? Or do you think that because it is ruched that I could get a way with out having to shorten the waist. I know I would have to take the hem up, but I need your help!

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Date: 7/29/12 9:09 AM

If this were a simple sheath dress, I'd consider checking out burda's size charts. Open one of the women's charts and compare the different measures for tall sizes (as burda used for the dress pattern) for bust point . Compare these with your own measures for at least the measures 'back lenght', 'front waist lenght', and 'bust point'. This should give you an idea of where you are shorter compared to the pattern and by how much at these locations you'd need shorten.

No idea if this could work with this rouched sheath dress but I am hopeful others being more knowleadgeable than me will chime in.

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Date: 7/29/12 7:50 PM

Thank you for your reply!

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Date: 7/30/12 12:59 PM

Do you have a plain sheath dress that fits you? That superimposed over the tall pattern could guide you to get the proportions you need. I don't think the ruching would make any difference.

Get some cheap jersey and experiment.



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Date: 7/30/12 1:24 PM

In almost every issue, burda shows how to shorten or lengthen a pattern. Do you have a copy of a magazine you could look at?
Basically, for a dress, if you want to go from tall to regular size, you remove 7mm in length from mid armhole area and 13mm from area between waist and bottom of armhole. Remember to walk the seams to ensure you are doing it in roughly the same place. Remove 20mm to the sleeve between bicep line and elbow. If there is a sleeve with a high cap, you also remove 5mm toward top of cap - between notch and shoulder point. If the sleeve cap is shallow, remove the 5mm to edge of the sleeve (where the sleeve seam is - the one that goes from armpit to wrist, adding 2.5mm on either side, tapering to nothing at elbow.
Hope that helps.
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Date: 7/30/12 1:25 PM

I just saw that you're 5'3" - which puts you in the petite sizes for Burda. So, I think you'll want to double all the numbers I gave you.

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Date: 7/31/12 8:09 AM

Thanks so much for your reply, I just think that I am over my head with this pattern. I just really love the look and style.

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Date: 7/31/12 8:13 AM

After reading your reply, I think that I am in over my head. My torso would be in a regular size. I would have to convert cm to inches, which make my head hurt. Really I don't have enough experience to tackle this. It makes my heart very sad.....

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Date: 7/31/12 8:45 AM

I think it is gorgeous, please don't give up! Looking at he line drawing, I bet each of those 4 sections is a rectangle or close to a rectangle. Why not just take 1/2 or 3/4 out of each section? Since you have balanced proportions, it may be just hat easy. I know you'll also have o deal with the top bodice which will be trickier but I think most of the shortening will be very easy.

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Date: 7/31/12 10:10 AM

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In almost every issue, burda shows how to shorten or lengthen a pattern.

I use my cutting mat, aligning the waist and grain lines with the lines of the grid. You can even use a metre/yard ruler and do it on several pieces at the same time, if you are careful and weigh down the pattern pieces.

But SVN is right, it's roughly 2cm(3/4in?) out of the bodice and bottom each time btw size ranges. That would mean about 4cm (1in3/4?) to go from Tall to Petite if you were proportionate.

(I intend to test theory this ou on the Pattern Magic like dress they put out)

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