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I have bought dresses for my bridesmaids – its a long story but basically it’s a dress from a few years ago that the company don’t make anymore. I love the dress and managed to find the right number on ebay however they are a little tight over the hips on a couple of the girls.

I have bought a couple of extra dresses with the hope of using them to make the other ones slightly bigger but I’m just wondering if it s possible and if it is then does anyone have any advice on where to add the extra fabric so it doesn’t look out of place?

Ive posted a photo below – the dress has a seam that runs under the bust with with darts – around the stomach area the dress is quite loose but over the hips it is a bit tight. There is a zip in the side seam. The lower part of the front of the dress is just one piece and the lower part of the back of the dress is made from 2 pieces.

.Any advice would be really appreciated – thanks!


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    May 21, 2014, 06.27 PMby katensew

    If you have fabric to spare then it maybe possible to recut the front – making three panels i.e. a larger front panel and two side/ front panels ( thus avoiding a centre front seam ) Taking the measurements from the original front and adding where appropriate on the hips – you can incorporate the darts into the shaping of the panel/front section seam.

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    May 22, 2014, 07.23 AMby motera

    In the lower part of the back, add a couple of pleats by adding inset pieces 10-15 com wide, forming 5 to 7.5 com pleats at the seam. You can stitch the pleats flat to the waist, then let them loose over the hips. This will add more room in the hips, won’t take too much fabric, and is in keeping with the style. Leave the front untouched, ity looks nice and you want them looking all the same for the pics.

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    May 23, 2014, 02.58 PMby mbuchanan1

    I agree with motera to leave the front untouched. You can just add a single pleat in the middle of the lower back similar to this Butterick B6016 view C. http://butterick.mccall.com/b6016-products-47991.php?page_id=147 Since the lower back already have the center seam, you just need to splice a piece of fabric about 8" wide to form the pleat. You can hide the seams along the fold of the pleat.

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    Jun 21, 2014, 09.17 AMby maddieom

    Thanks so much for your replies – I love the idea of adding a pleat/pleats. I’ve managed to buy 5 extra dresses so hopefully there will be enough fabric!

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