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Have you ever tried on a Dancesport or Country dance costume that was too long in the body….and wondered how to fix it?

Today’s blog features Kerry, a new Sew Like a Pro™ member from the United Kingdom. During one of my Q&A calls with the sewing school members, she asked several questions regarding how to alter this Latin dance dance she was given by her daughter’s ballroom dance instructor.

 

 

 

I don’t publish my Sew Like a Pro™ Q&A calls very often because, well, they are for members only. It’s part of the live, supplemental training I created to make my online sewing programs as complete as possible.

Today, I thought I would share this excerpt with you to:

In this video excerpt. I share with you:

    1. How to shorten a bodice that was made for a tall woman.
    2. How to make the dress have more bust support so the woman doesn’t feel like she will fall out of the top.
    3. How the skirt is made.
    4. A sneak peak into our group Q&A calls in case you’ve been considering enrolling in my sewing programs.

 

 


 

  How do the Q&A Calls Work?  

Every 2 - 2.5 weeks I hold a video Q&A call for my sewing school members. All members are invited to join and ask any questions they have about the dressmaking process, or even about the business side of running a costume company.

With seventy members in nine countries, the calls average about two hours long these days!  The members who attend the live call can join late or leave early depending on her availability.  As you see from the image below, she can be on video, or not.  It's her preference.  Whatever the case, we have a fun time as you will see in the video!

 

 

  Things to keep in mind about the Q&A calls:  

  1. I hold the live video calls about every 2.5 weeks.
  2. I schedule the calls at different times and days of the week to help members from around the world have a better chance of joining the live call.
  3. The members who cannot attend the live video meeting post their Qs on the member site so I can answer them live on that week's video meeting.
  4. Members can watch the replay at their convenience.
  5. The replays are part of the Sew Like A Pro™ member archives and can be referenced 24/7 all year 'round.

 

For more information, go to my FAQ about Sew Like a Pro™ page.

 

 


During one of our live Q&A calls,  all the members and I admired Liddy's beautiful, newly completed ballgown.

 

 

“Q&A calls are so beneficial. It gives us a chance to learn and gain knowledge from other members. Thank you, Teresa.”
Liddy in  Alberta, Canada

 


 

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  In this Q&A excerpt, Kerry had three questions about how to alter a ready-made Latin dance costume:  

  1. How to shorten a bodice that was made for a tall woman?
  2. How to make it have more bust support so the woman doesn't feel like she will fall out of the top?
  3. How is the skirt made?

I've seen photos of the dress Kerry is making using the tools and principles I teach.  She does good work. She no longer needs to piece several dresses together or alter used dresses. She now has the pattern making, and fitting skills, to make all styles of dresses from step one!

However, it's a shame to waste a pretty dress just because it doesn't fit anyone.

Let's fix this dress so Kerry can sell it!

 

NOTE: most members in the Sew Like A Pro™ courses have made and sold enough costumes to more than pay for the tuition.

 


 

The following images and notes are taken directly out of the Sew Like A Pro™ member's Q&A replay blog post.

Each replay comes in a format that contains the following information:

    • the full-length video,
    • the minutes during which each specific topic was addressed,
    • a short written version of the live conversation.

All this information makes it easier for each woman to decide if the topic is something she can skip or needs to watch.

Let's jump in.

 

 

 

Kerry's Q: #1  "My daughter's old dance teacher had this Latin dress made professionally.  Recently she gave it to me to use because she no longer dances Latin. She is really long in the body, so this dress is very long. Is there any way I can make it shorter in the body so other dancers can wear it?" 

T's short answer #1: The simplest way to shorten the bodice would be to cut the dress in the middle, where it is narrowest, and overlap the fabric. You can overlap it until the pink strips meet each other.

The dress also looks like it needs some more bust support. I suggest stitching elastic along the side from where you cut the middle to shorten it, up under the armhole to the back straps (which also look like they may need to be replaced.)

You could even use the same elastic strap for the back straps and just keep going with the elastic. Hand stitch the elastic inside the dress about every 1cm, and you won't need to remove or replace any rhinestones.

NOTE:  This bodice also needs darts under the bust. This absolutely requires removing and replacing stones. Bummer, I know.

If the bust area still feels too loose after adding the elastic under the pink fabric and replacing/tightening the back straps, then you need to create bust darts under each breast to create more support.

 

 

Kerry's Q: #2  I love this skirt and want to know how to make it. I think the front is a circle but I can't work out the back.

T's short answer #2:  Determining the amount of ruffles to use on a skirt is the toughest part of making a ruffle skirt. Every fabric looks different, even when the same amount of circles are used.

For this animal print skirt, I'm guessing there are two circles in the back and two in the front, four circles total. I think the skirt may have been straight across at some point in time and someone added an extra long panel to create the "tail".

For more details, there are several other Q&A calls focusing on ruffles.

 

 

For more details on how to shorten the bodice, you get to watch the Q&A replay too.

 

 

 


 

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Thanks sew much,

Teresa Sigmon

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    4 replies to "How To Shorten A Bodice That Is Too Long"

    • Amanda

      Very useful tips particularly on how to add the elastic without removing the stones. Thanks

      • Teresa Sigmon

        Thanks for posting, Amanda! My sewing school has a LOT of information (sometimes so much information the students cannot find what’s they’re looking for.)

        However, I love it when my SLP members ask me questions that are not included in the sewing program! That’s the cool thing about the live Q&A calls.

        In the case of this clever elastic tip, since I don’t use that technique when making a new dress, I didn’t think to include it in the course. But now this elastic excerpt will be in the sewing school in the elastic bonus section 🙂

    • Michele

      I loved your instruction on adding the elastic from the new seam to the top.

      • Teresa Sigmon

        Thanks, Michele. Now that you’re a Sew Like A Pro™ member, you’ll get a million times more training than this! The sewing school has a LOT of information (sometimes so much information the students cannot find what’s they’re looking for.)

        The Q&A replays are a great resource for you to get extra training.

        It’s only been a few days you’ve been an SLP member, you’ll get the acquainted with the site and all the training. Right now, it may seem a little overwhelming because there is SEW much information! 🙂 You can always email or ask our SLP family if you have questions.

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