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Short dress to floor length

New postby sbtoloc on Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:08 pm

I love the out of print McCall's 6069 http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m6069-p ... -10880.php But would like to make it floor length for a wedding. How do I do this?
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Re: Short dress to floor length

New postby LeapFrog Libby on Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:36 am

I think the first thing to think about is whether you will have walking room in something this straight. The lengthen process is simple enough. Measure from your waistline to the length you would prefer, add hem measure and lengthen the pattern that much. Then decide how to add room for walking, either by adding a split or gusset, or simply adding to side seams, or nothing at all.
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Re: Short dress to floor length

New postby MartySews2 on Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:56 pm

In looking at the line drawings, I see that this is possible. Since this dress is supposed to be made from a stretch jersey knit with an elastic waist, I would taper out from the hip line about 2 inches to add more fullness to the bottom of the skirt. You will still get the sleek look & have walking, movement in the skirt. Just my thoughts.
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Re: Short dress to floor length

New postby bridesmom on Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:28 pm

I think I'd prefer having a kick pleat or slit on the side or the back, I'm more of a klutzy type person and if I didn't have the extra room I'd rip it!
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Re: Short dress to floor length

New postby sbtoloc on Fri Aug 03, 2012 6:06 pm

Thanks for the great advice. Do you think I should make the skirt fuller?
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Re: Short dress to floor length

New postby MartySews2 on Fri Aug 03, 2012 6:10 pm

Yes, just slightly. You can taper the skirt to flare out about 1 inch just below the hip area which will give you an additional 4 inches without ruining look of the gown. It will also give you enough walking room.
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