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Date: 8/5/13 7:58 PM

Hello. Does anyone have advice about how I would lengthen a wrap dress that has pleats? I am specifically referring to Vogue Patterns 8379 and Vogue Patterns 8825. I know that Vogue Patterns often have specific lines where you can lengthen patterns, but I would be grateful for advice about how to lengthen the bodices of these dresses whilst maintaining the integrity of the wrap style.

Another issue is that I want to make the skirts quite full, because I do not like the way that knit fabrics can sometimes cling to the hips. Any advice about how I can make the skirts be wider - i.e. close to the shape of a circle skirt - would also be appreciated.

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Date: 8/6/13 6:27 AM

Am thinking you cannot make a circle type skirt from a wrap dress. A wrap dress is cut down a straight line to wrap. For a fuller skirt you would need to cut an angle to get fullness and then attach at the waist.
I haven't searched for your pattern number yet so am going by what I think of as a wrap dress.

As to the lengthening- is there a reason that adding a few inches to where the pattern line for that is will not work? You should be able to cut that line, insert a few inches of tissue paper and tape in place.

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Date: 8/6/13 6:34 AM

So just looked. You describe a bodice so I an thinking these are 2 piece patterns with a top and skirt- not a one piece wrap.
The first seems to have a flared skirt- do you want more? I wouldnt buy the second one (straight skirt) and try to alter it if what you want is the first one.
If there is no length alteration line in the bodice then cut half way between the bust and waist to make the bodice longer.
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Date: 8/6/13 9:51 AM

Vogue 8379 has a circle-ish skirt; be warned, though, that I actually didn't find it flattering to my large hips because of the way the bias falls at the side seams. Way too drapey. I find a straighter skirt more flattering on a wrap dress, but it's a trade-off for less overlap coverage.

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Date: 8/7/13 9:28 AM

Quote: nicegirl
Vogue 8379 has a circle-ish skirt; be warned, though, that I actually didn't find it flattering to my large hips because of the way the bias falls at the side seams. Way too drapey. I find a straighter skirt more flattering on a wrap dress, but it's a trade-off for less overlap coverage.

This is really interesting. Can you please tell me why a circle skirt is not flattering to those of us with large hips? This is the first time that I am hearing this, and I am always trying to look for skirts that are the most flattering.
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