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reworking a bubble bottom dress

redbuttons22 | Posted in General Sewing Info on


I am a real newbie to this, so please bear with me.  I am looking for opinions on reworking a clubbing dress that has a bubble bottom. I want to keep some of the width on the bottom, but it is too poufy under the bust.  Any help would be appreciated.



  1. Teaf5 | | #1

    The skirt of a bubble bottom dress has two layers: the under layer, which is usually flat, and the upper layer, which is gathered at the top and a few inches longer than the under layer.

    If I understand what you want to do--take some of the gathering out of the top of the top layer-- you probably need to take the bodice completely off the doubled skirt.  Leave the bottom seam between the two skirt layers intact.  Separate the two raw edges at the top of each layer so that you have a very long tube.  Turn the tube inside out.

    At this point, you can re-stitch the side seams of the gathered end, tapering to the original seamline where it meets the flat skirt.  If the gathering came out when you separated the skirt from the bodice, run a new gathering stitch around that edge and pull it to match the top of the flat end (and the bottom of the bodice).

    Turn the tube right side out again, pull the gathered edge up to match the raw edge of the flat edge, and re-stitch it to the bottom of the bodice, having the gathered edge right side facing the right side of the bodice as you sew.  Let us know if you have any problems or progress!

    1. redbuttons22 | | #2

      Thank you,

      I had been thinking that was the way to go but I just wanted to confirm it,

      thanks again

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