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I recently bought a dress off ebay and the dress i received was nothing like the picture. However i love the top of the dress and am determined to fix it!
The problem is clear:
The slit in the front goes way to high and never closes. Also a little length would be great. I guess im too tall for their sizes.
I bought new fabric but i need help in how to fix it. There are two layers to the bottom half a sheer material and a tight layer (which is terrible when i sit down) My question is what do i add the fabric to? Any help is great. Unfortunately i do not have a sewing machine so i will be hand sewing. i have lots of practice in this however.
Input is great THANKS!!
PS: I need this done before next weekend. I have to have it for the marine corps ball


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    Nov 3, 2012, 11.43 AMby josephina

    Have you considered adding a separate underskirt? Not sure if it would work, as it’s hard to see a lot of detail in the dress, but I’m just thinking that would be the simplest way. The tapered front edges look like they would be hard to add to.

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    Nov 3, 2012, 03.50 PMby jojo4593

    I guess we were thinking alike. I started doing that last night. It has proven to be harder than I thought especially with no sewing machine. The front turned out great but ill have to buy more fabric to add to the back. I guess it is going to be hidden anyway so it wouldn’t look bad if I added an extra panel of material to give me more length in the back.

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    Nov 3, 2012, 04.02 PMby jojo4593

    http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y395/jojo4593/95941DE7-04FB-4D89-AF7A-02D9D4EE7546-237-00000010B50BDFDA.jpg That is the back. It got late and I got tired and messed it up.

    http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y395/jojo4593/BE8E7F7B-BF16-493F-8A12-29943BF3AC49-237-00000011BE31587D.jpg This is the front. I found a fabric that matches the straps. Hard to work with but I like how it looks. Any ideas on how to fix the back?

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    Nov 3, 2012, 10.46 PMby purplefan

    The dress is very curvy lady in nature. I think you’d breathe more easily if the waist could be lengthened so you can not be so constricted around your ribcage.

    Underskirt fabric-lovely colour. Question: have you tried the underskirt on backwards with the dress? If you took out the godet from the back, you’d have instant slit but more discreet. By putting the back on as the front, you’d be able to walk and the “front” would be more less hidden by the overskirt. Right now, I get the impression both front and back of your underskirt are too tapered at the bottom as shown in your photos. That’s a huge issue because the dress is tight in bodice for you and that skirt will cramp your enjoyment of the ball. I’d suggest going mid-heel height or lower with your footwear when wearing the dress-maybe after the ball, you can add side panels on the bodice and breathe more readily.

    You have definitely sewn by hand! Just finish the seam edges where you take off the godet and call it a finished underskirt. Or see if you have someone nearby willing to lend you use of their machine to make the last changes.

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    Nov 4, 2012, 04.46 AMby jojo4593

    What do you mean by backwards? It is a little tight I have to admit. The fabric I choose does not have any stench to it. But I love the way it looks. I’m going to try your idea of adding pannels to te sides of the bodice. Other than that I need to hem the bottom evenly and finish the back. Thank you for your ideas. As for heels I’m already as tall as my boyfriend so I’m wearing flats!

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