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Much like with the waist line, dresses, robes and pants usually have a line near the hem where the garment can be lengthened or shortened. Measure your body and then the pattern piece and adjusting accordingly.

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    Jun 16, 2013, 04.14 AMby hipps02

    Meg, Thank you so much for this post. I have been searching for a way to deal with my ackward measurements. I am 6ft tall and have a 23 inch length from my neck to my waist. I have a dress form and didn’t realize that I could pull it apart like that. Did you ajdust it for your measurements and then slip a muslin over it?

    Thank you again.


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    Mar 3, 2013, 10.19 PMby Stephanie Pantello


    How did you get your dress form to extend like that? I have a super long torso and didn’t realize it will extend that far!

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      Mar 3, 2013, 11.55 PMby madebymeg

      Hi Stephanie! For this particular dress form I was able to take it apart and reconfigure it so it extends. My dress form has movable parts and extends anyway, and by reassembling it so I could extend it even farther I got it to stretch so there was a gap in the middle. It involves taking the pole all the way off where it joins in the middle and re-screwing in the adjustable screw around there. I’m sure if you play around it with it a bit you’ll figure something out. Best of luck to you!

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    Apr 17, 2011, 06.29 AMby tilshmil

    This tutorial hits home for me. I have to take off 3 inches for my short height, but I have been missing the part to shorten the bodice and I get a little ripple or pucker of extra fabric there. It stinks not being the ideal size for patterns but with all this handy advice and tips, I think I can make it work for me. Thank you for posting this!!

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      Apr 18, 2011, 04.45 PMby madebymeg

      Thanks tilshmil! I struggled with this forever, so glad I could share!

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