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Altering an adult discarded dress for…

Myriam | Posted in The Archives on

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I have been asked to alter a long prom
dress size 6 for kindergarten play time.
It does not have to look great, but I wonder if I can do more than just cut the bottom and hem it.

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  1. barb_c | | #1

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    Hi, I'm new to this discussion--a friend noticed the thread and told me about it. I'm VERY new to sewing, but I am right now working on making over an adult prom dress into a princess dress for my daughter (almost 4 years old). I'm not done yet, but most of what I have left are finishing details. The dress I have had a low V neck and dropped puffed sleeves. I took off the sleeves and made new sleeves from a pattern I have for a little girl's princess dress--they have a very cute puff too. I used material cut from the bottom of the dress. Then I took in the sides of the dress just by pinning and sewing from the inside. I had to add in some material at the shoulders to make up for the dropped shoulder, and then I added in some fake fur cuffs on the sleeves just for fun. Next I'm going to hem the bottom and gather the hem in two places, where I will attach roses. I'll stitch in some contrast material under the gathers to make it look like a slip. I'll probably put a little of the same material at the V-neck to look like a camisole and at the same time give the dress more coverage. My daughter likes sparkles, so I bought some sparkle paint to make sparkly designs on the skirt. Lastly, I'm going to make a little shoulder scarf (which I will also sparkle)from the same princess dress pattern that the sleeves came from, and a little cape in the contrast colour material.

    Hope that gives you some ideas!

    Gerry

    1. Sarah_Kayla | | #2

      *My daughter, now nearly 11 is past the Princess dress up stage. But she was very serious about it for several years. I had a good deal of success simply adding a wide strip sf lace as a halter neck for a truly outrageous pink strapless dress. It made the dress easy to put on and take off (a real need in a pre school enviornment. As for a full length skirt i would bustle it in several spots so it won't drag on the floor - it could have the same look as Belle's yellow dress in Beauty and the beast. (atleast to the happy little girl wearing it)In my experience little girls don't want good tailoring. They want over the top glitz. They would dress like Las Vegas Show girls every day if they could. I made over several thrift shop dresses for my daughter when she was younger. Knee lenght dresses could mostly be worn as is. (She has now entered the jeans only phase after 8 years wearing only dresses) Despite my indulging her quite terrible taste for may years she now dresses in quite a restrained and tast

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