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PattiMcW
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Date: 8/9/12 10:12 PM

Hi everyone! I'm making vogue 8763 draped dress pattern and I need to shorten it tremendously. On the envelope the pic shows the dress ends above the knee slightly. Not the case! The hem is about seven inches below my knee. I'm very short so it will look horrendous. How can I shorten it? It's such an odd shape. I tucked it where it says to lengthen and shorten and in some other places because I need to take so much away but now it's lost it's shape. Any advice?? Please help!!! Thank you!

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Date: 8/9/12 10:12 PM


Hi everyone! I'm making vogue 8763 draped dress pattern and I need to shorten it tremendously. On the envelope the pic shows the dress ends above the knee slightly. Not the case! The hem is about seven inches below my knee. I'm very short so it will look horrendous. How can I shorten it? It's such an odd shape. I tucked it where it says to lengthen and shorten and in some other places because I need to take so much away but now it's lost it's shape. Any advice?? Please help!!! Thank you!

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Date: 8/10/12 1:45 AM

I can tell you how I would approach this, maybe someone else has another idea. Measure the length from the notch I assume is just below the bust to the hem. Divide this number by 7. Starting at the notch fold out 1" go down by the length divided by 7 and take another inch. Continue till you have taken out all 7". You will not be taking anything out at the hem line because I'm assuming you want that width . True the sides.
One question is the back side the same length as the front side or does it gather? If it gathers you may need to remove a slightly larger amount each time in the back. Mathematically it would be Back side length divided by front side length X 1" = the amount you will take out of the back for every inch you take out of the front. HTH Weird patterns are tedious to alter.
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Date: 8/10/12 1:55 PM

I would start right below the arm on this particular design.

Definitely not a beginner dress when so much alteration is needed.
Are all misses patterns too long for you? If so, petite may be a better choice.

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Date: 8/10/12 3:29 PM

It looks like the drapes are constructed like a cowl. If this is the case, I'm with tinflutterby. You're going to have to take out length in several places. I would keep the hem the same and true the seamlines. If they're pleats it'll going to be more difficult.

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