Liesl, the model for the Complete Basic Ballgown Program, made a lot of dietary improvements and has shed pounds and inches since I made this dress for her sixteen months ago.
In today’s video I walk you through changes – both optional and absolutely necessary – that can be done to this dress to make it suit her new body shape and size.
When doing alterations on a dress, it’s common for time or money restrictions to play a part in how much work you do on a dress. Pick and choose your battles as needed. Here’s a list that may help with your next alterations.
NECESSARY ALTERATIONS for this dress:
- CHANGE THE BRA or BRA CUPS
Most of us women tend to first lose fat in our breasts. (Ha, don’t you love that this is usually the last place we want to lose it? )
Replacing the bra with a smaller size or adding bust padding is often necessary.
- difficulty level = EASY!
- TIGHTEN BRA STRAPS, SHOULDER ELASTICS or SHOULDER SEAMS
- Do this step if the dress feels like it sags or is too low in front.
- TIP: Don’t forget to put tanning mousse or inexpensive face makeup on the straps so they match your skin tone.
- difficulty level = EASY!
- SHORTEN STRIDE
- Often with weight loss, the dress/leotard is so loose it hangs on the body instead of cuddling the body. When this happens, you may need to shorten the stride in addition to tightening at the shoulder area.
If you have to shorten the stride, it is likely you will need to reshape the legs as well, which means removing the elastic.
TIP: If you are removing all the old elastic, I recommend using new elastic. Stitching again and again on the same elastic wears it out so it doesn’t hold its shape.
- difficulty level = EASY to MODERATE
- SHORTEN THE SKIRT
- With significant weight loss, skirts get longer because the hips and rear-end don’t fill it out. You may need to shorten the skirt no matter what type of skate or dance you do.
- Shortening a skirt is seldom a pleasant venture for ballgowns because of all the boning, fishing line and crinoline in the hem.
Latin, Country Western and Skate skirts with a lot of stones bordering the hem are also problematic. (Check out this video to watch about why and how we shortened a Latin skirt.)
- difficulty level = MODERATE to DIFFICULT (it can be very time-consuming.)
OPTIONAL ALTERATIONS for this dress:
- TAKE IN THE SIDE, CENTER BACK or PRINCESS SEAMS
Often, this entails removing lace and stones which makes it difficult and time-consuming.
- TAKE IN UNDER ARM AREA
- This is a time-consuming venture with many steps. Generally, it should only be done if you’re an experienced sewer - or game for a challenge.
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