Post # 1
So here’s the drama (because there’s always some, right?)…
I had my grandmother make the flower girl dresses for my FI’s little cousins. Their mom got all the measurements, but for some reason, the dresses came out a little off. One girl needs 4 in added to the skirt, the other needs 5. One girl needs a couple inches off the straps, one needs about an inch.
The problem is that my grandmother is stressed by pretty much everything, is elderly and lives states away, so I don’t want to ask her to fix them. I realize that this is my fault, because I should have thought ahead about this kind of scenario.
I asked the girls’ mom if they had any ideas about who to alter the dresses, but she’s basically saying that it will cost a lot – and that we should just get new dresses.
Anyone have any suggestions about this? I don’t know anything about alterations – is this an easy fix??
Thanks, girls. I’d appreciate it!
Post # 3
Is it four different dresses with four different issues?
Or two dresses that both need the straps and length altered a little?
The straps seem like it will be easy enough to alter. As for it being too short what about adding in a “ruffle” layer? It’ll probably change the look of the dress, would you be OK with that?
Or add another layer underneath that’s the right length so that it’s a multi-tier look?
Post # 4
Yeah, how do I do that?
There are only 2 dresses.
Post # 5
Are the dresses with you or with the girl’s mom? Are they local to you?
Do you know anyone nearby that can sew? My extent of sewing is putting a button back or fixing a seam and that’s it!
I don’t know how your dresses are like but I would consider calling around and seeing how much it would be to fix it vs buying something similar. But seeing as how you had your grandma make them I’m assuming you couldn’t find anything you liked.
Trying contacting your local American Sewing Guild, they might have some recommendations.
Post # 6
With the straps it’s an easy fix. You just measure to the right length you want (but leave some lee way for the sewing). In other words, add about 1/2 in on each side of the strap so you can still sew the straps together (this is called seam allowance). I apologize in advance for the messy drawings, I made them in paint at work. 🙂
As for the adding the ruffle, it’s a little harder, but still an easy fix.
- If you want the added material to be straight with no ruffling, just a seam. You would measure the amount of material length wise (your missing 4/5 in) & the width the length of the dress all around. You want to cut double the length so you don’t have to sew a seam on the botom. Again add about an inch for the length & width for seam allowance. Fold the piece you just cut in half and iron so you have a flat piece (which will make it easier for you to sew). Then, if you have straight pins, pin the extension to the bottom of the skirt (with the seam allowance). And then sew the 2 pieces together. When you are sewing, make sure that the end piece matches with one of the seams that is already on the dress, and then sew at the desired place. (With this selection you could add a sash to the waist so you have a cohesive look)
2. To make the ruffle you would use practically the same steps as above. The difference have the wrong sides together so the ruffling shows on the outside.
Hope this helps!!! Good Luck!!
Post # 7
I totally fogot to say to fold the ends in with the ruffle look eitherwise you’ll end up the dress unraveling on the outside. So it should look something like this.
Oh and you should let out the seam on the original dress, so you have a little more material to work with on the origianl dress. You would use a seam ripper, but if you don’t have on, you could use a pair of scissors.
Post # 8
Thank you both so much! I really appreciate it! I’ll try that and let you know how it goes…
Post # 9
I just wanted to throw in that taking up the straps shouldn’t cost much in means of alterations. As far as adding length goes- I can’t imagine that would be very expensive either- they’re children’s dresses and adding a ruffle to the bottom to add some length is pretty easy. Definitely cheaper than buying two new dresses!