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I love finding a fantastic dress with it’s own unique details. I was given this white and tan striped linen dress that was much too big for me. I learned this technique in a tailor shop, and it’s a technique that I use over and over again. Here’s a quick overview of how I fixed it.
How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial
I love the fun stripes and the linen texture. It’s the perfect summer dress.
How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial
 

1. Cut off sleeves. Mark sides. I wanted to keep the skirt flared so I only pinned under the arms and at the waist. Mark where you want the sleeve seam.

How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial
2. Sew in sides and trim.
How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial
3. Finish edges and iron seam open.
How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial

4. Cut two armhole. I cut on the black dots.

How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial

5. Check width of sleeve to the new armhole. I had to take in my sleeves about half the amount as my sides. Trim and finish edges. Iron open.

How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial

6. Reattach sleeves. Finish edges.

How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial
How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial

That’s it! You now have a new dress!

 How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial
How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial
 How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial How-to Fit an Ill-Fitting Dress Tutorial

Author: Heather