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How to Alter a ready made dress to fit a pregnant person
drcy22
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Date: 6/13/13 9:06 AM

Any ideas on how to change a bridesmaid dress that has a cummerbund of 4" just below the bust line, to fit a pregnant person who is 6mo with twins? I'm putting in a piece under the arm in the side seam of stretch material, to mimic the maternity panel, but not sure if that is going to be enough. Any help/suggestions I would appreciate it. The wedding this dress is to be used in is in a week and there is no additional fabric and have had no success in finding anything even close in color.

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Donna
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Date: 6/13/13 9:24 AM

Bless your heart! No additional fabric and a wedding in a week! The panels sound great. The cummerbund? Sounds like it will need to be made narrower or even removed? Can you reconcile yourself to a contrasting color for the cummerbund? Desperate times...
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Date: 6/13/13 10:20 AM

Can you remove the 4 inch cummerbund and use it as extra fabric?

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Date: 6/13/13 12:19 PM

Is there any hope of possibly splitting up the front of the dress to just under the bustline so the sides fall away from the "bump," and then somehow rejigging the lining (or some lining) to make room underneath?

Sort of like this?

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Date: 6/13/13 3:23 PM

Unfortunately the cummerbund can't be removed as it is the major part of the dress and the skirt isn't long enough to replace that whole section of the dress. I'm doing this for a friend who is in a wedding and the bride is already nervous about the panel being a different shade of grey than the platinum dress. Will cross my fingers and hope the panels in the side work magic. The dress before the panels just pushed the cummerbund up which in turn pushed the bust of the dress up as well. Ugh! Thanks for the suggestions, will see how things go when my friend tries on the dress tomorrow
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Date: 6/13/13 5:40 PM

The wedding is in a week, the bridesmaid is six months gone, and they are just now asking you to alter the dress?

You are a very good friend.

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Date: 6/14/13 8:56 AM

It may not match, but coordinating to another color in the wedding. We take out the zipper, put loops on either side where the zip was and make it a lace up. Usually you can find ribbon to match, and sometimes we use a chunk of the lining at the hem to make a modesty panel for under the lace up. Some times the maid can go without a panel and just show the skin of her back. This way it's adjustable if she pops a little more before the wedding. We also if it needs to be shortened, shorten the dress from under the band to give more room. You can pm me if this isn't clear, and you want more info. Good luck. By the way. I work in a bridal shop as a seamstress, and it seems all the preggers girls come in at the last minute. ;))

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Date: 6/17/13 2:26 PM

How's it going, Donna. Do you have a link or photo of the dress? It sounds like putting a little extra fabric at the shoulders would help drop down that cummerbund.
Are all the maids' dresses the same? If you need to add a panel that doesn't match, sometimes it's a good idea to add more of the non matching fabric, to make it look like a design feature.
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