Need some breathing room? Let out your dress for a perfect fit.
- TIP: Use a seam ripper to avoid cutting a hole in your dress.
- Step 1: Try on your dress. Look for puckers or bubbles that might require some late adjustments.
- FACT: In the 16th-century French court, influenced by Catherine de Medici, ladies in waiting were to cinch their waists with corsets to 13 inches as a matter of communicating class and wealth.
- Step 2: Snip with your scissors and pull out the original seam now that the new one is in place.
- Step 3: Sew along your marks using a sewing machine, making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of your new seam.
- Step 4: Measure your waist and hips. Lay the dress out flat, measuring the front and back at the waist and hips. Write down the difference between the two.
- Step 5: Divide the difference --which is the amount you have to let the garment out -- by two when letting out the side seams.
- Step 6: Mark the new seam with tailor's chalk. Blend your seam into the original one 2 to 3 inches above and below the area to be let out.
- Step 7: Turn the dress inside out and measure the seam allowance. You will need at least 1/4-inch seam after you let your dress out.