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Apologies up front for the length of the post, but i don’t have photos of below-mentioned dress yet:

My friend gave me a beautiful strapless dress, with a green boned bodice (with long bow-tying sashes at the back), attached to a full circle skirt, petticoats and all. It really is very lovely, but the only problem is, I am significantly larger than my friend on top (my giant ribcage doesn’t really help). So, basically, I can zip up to about my waist and that is as far as that baby is going to go.

Now, I played around with the bodice top, and in tucking the edges of the zipper down, created a rather lovely deep back – kind of like this:

My sewing experience is sort of verging on the right side of intermediate, and whilst I could very easily remove the zip and sew the sides down to create the back, my, uh…assets would definitely spill out of the front.

I was wondering if there was a way (better still, any tutorials!) to fix this problem? I imagine it means making the front part of the bodice tighter somehow, but I’m sure there’s a specific way I am a stranger to.

The other two things I have considered, but it would mean colour matching (which is a pain) is to alter the back and make it a halter neck, or keep the back high, but inserting panels/downward pointing traingles/darts – I don’t know the proper term.

Thanks in advance!


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    Apr 10, 2013, 11.24 PMby harrietbazley

    My immediate thought was wondering if it would be possible to insert extra panels down either side of the bodice to make it physically wider all over. In the case of a boned bodice, I don’t know how well this would play with the boning, though. And if you are much fuller-breasted than your friend, the overall proportions of the bodice will be wrong – if it is simply a matter of a wider rib-cage it might be easier.

    In any case, you don’t have to match the existing fabric exactly provided that you make the new panels look intentional! (Edging them with some kind of contrasting binding is one way to make it look like a deliberate statement rather than a let-out dress….)

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