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September, 2012

  1. Altering Bridesmaid dress

    September 29, 2012 by mom

    A friend asked me to alter a bridesmaid dress that was purchased a size too small. She put on the dress for me and there were about six inches of fabric needed for the dress to fit, and there wasn’t enough time to lose that much weight. I was stumped. Where could I get the fabric that would match to make the dress fit? There was a lining to the dress but it was a shade off in color. I couldn’t shorten the dress. All the bridesmaid dresses looked the same so I couldn’t take fabric from the pleats in the front of the dress or the hem.

    Then the bridesmaid showed me there were pockets on either side of the dress that were lined with the same fabric. It hit me. That was the answer I needed. The POCKETS! Such relief came over me. I was so afraid I wouldn’t be able to alter the dress to fit her. Now there was a way to do it.

    The bridesmaid and friends went out for pizza (and brought some back to share) while I took out the pockets. I wanted to make sure that there was enough fabric in the pockets to make it work.

    I took out the whole pocket and left it the shape it was with the seam in it and everything. A pocket is kind of shaped like a lopsided tear drop. Narrow at the top and oval at the bottom where you put your hand. It is straight on the side that you sew onto the dress or pants.

    I took out the zipper that was in the back of the dress and inserted the pocket with the fabric side out. The narrow side was on top and I left the seam allowance to fold under when finished. I sewed the pocket to the back of the dress by hand because I didn’t want the stitches to be seen. I left enough fabric on top to fold under.

    The zipper was sewn in by my daughter. I finished sewing the lining of the pocket in place. It fit the bridesmaid great. I really do love pockets; you can use them for so many things.