Get the Perfect Fit for Your Dress in 4 Easy Stitches

Nurit Sig
by Nurit Sig
2 Materials
10 Minutes

I bought a very pretty blue dress the other day. The only problem was that the dress was 2 sizes too big for me and just looked totally shapeless and bag-like. I decided to do a little bit of work to help define the shape and I made a tutorial to show you just how I did it.

Tools and materials:

  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
Alter a dress

Pin the dress

I started by turning the dress inside out and trying it on. I could then figure out exactly where I would be making my alterations to get the right fit. I decided to create two darts under the bust and so while I had the dress on I pinned the darts in place. 

How to alter a dress that is too big

Sew front darts 

I then moved to my sewing machine where I sewed the two front darts in place.

Dress alteration

Sew back darts 

I realized that the dress would look a lot more flattering if I added two darts to the back as well. When I sewed the back darts I made sure they aligned with the front ones. To sew the two darts at the back, I started at the end of the dart, worked towards the middle, and then continued to the other end. 

How to alter a dress bust

Four simple stitches made all the difference to this dress! Let me know what you think about this quick and easy alteration in the comments! 

Suggested materials:
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine

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  • Cynthia Cynthia on Jan 28, 2021

    Thank you for showing us how easy it can be done. Looks great! I often buy things on sale and don't like trying them on before buying. Great solution.

  • Nurit Sig Nurit Sig on Jan 28, 2021

    You can make adjustments to every item to fit you better, and when it fits better, you look much better :)

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