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Tops or skirts from dress patterns
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Date: 5/24/13 10:15 AM

Some dress patterns have a top pattern that's the same as the dress, just shorter and altered slightly. I've been inspired by this to look at my other dress patterns to see which ones also might make good tops. Part of my motivation is that I have a much harder time fitting tops than skirts or pants, so I could try the dress pattern out first as a top, to work out the fitting issues.

Have you made tops from dress patterns? Which ones? What adjustments did you need to make?

I also look at my dress patterns as potential skirt patterns -- do any of you do this, and has it worked well?

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Date: 5/24/13 2:09 PM

Oh yes, in most cases you can easily shorten a dress to be a top.

Using the bottom part as a skirt is more complicated since you have to work out what kind of finishing would be ok at the waist.
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Date: 5/24/13 8:33 PM

Yes, as far as making a top from a dress pattern, just get out the scissors. As Silk Challis said, skirts are a bit complicated and I haven't yet been inspired to do that. There's usually a skirt pattern for the style I want.

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Date: 5/24/13 9:38 PM

You can always make a top using a dress pattern, if the dress style is suitable for a top. You don't need some alteration, except the fastenings.
You can also make a dress out of a top pattern but in this case maybe you will need some adjustments depending on your body, the style and the wearing ease of the garment. If a dress is very fitted and consists of a bodice and a skirt sewn together at the natural waist you can easily take the skirt part and sew it alone (of course you will have to put a waistband but this is easy, you can measure your waist or take a waistband from a similar skirt). Finally, if you have two very fitted dresses (which have the seam between the bodice and the skirt at the natural waist), you can take the skirt of the one of them and put it to the bodice of the other. I have done all af the above many times.
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Date: 5/25/13 1:02 AM

I frequently do dress muslins only to the hip. It changes the drape sometimes but it uses much less fabric so I like it as a first pass on a difficult adjustment since I don't need much alterations below the waist.

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Date: 5/25/13 5:57 PM

So, what tops from dress patterns have you (everyone) made that have worked best or are your favorites?

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