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altering the fairy tale dress skirt

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    sasha @sasha

    I am using the fairy tale dress pattern to make a dress for my slim and small chested sister. With some adjustments and a little change up to the neckline the size 12 works quite well. I was wondering if anyone knew how to adjust the skirt part to make it look more similar to this dress. http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/dresses/Day/PRDOVR~58579/58579.jsp

    Is it just less fullness or is it slightly angled in at the bottom?

    Thanks for your help!

    Liesl Gibson

    It appears to be much less full than the Fairy Tale, which is designed to be very full. The skirt is still basically a rectangle, but just not as wide a rectangle as the pattern has. I’d recommend that you add about 12″-14″ to your sister’s hip measurement and use that total measurement as the width of the rectangle. In other words, if her hip is 36″, make the full rectangle 48″-50″, or 24″-25″ for the front rectangle and 24″-25″ for the back rectangle (plus seam allowances).

    If anyone else is looking for that same silhouette, you could certainly achieve it with the Lisette Continental Dress (http://oliverands.com/lisette-patterns/OLV-U02209.html). The skirt is already not very full but could be made still less full. And if you do a dart manipulation (http://www.creativebug.com/workshops/dart-manipulation), you could move them into the side seam the way the dress in the link does.

    I hope that helps!

    sasha @sasha

    That is so helpful. Thank you! I will have to get the Continental Dress pattern and do one for myself. We have very different figures.

    meleliza @meleliza

    Ooo, I’m not the only one constantly striving for a jcrew knock off then? 😉

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