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Adding inches to a shirred jsk? 
13th-Feb-2014 04:54 pm
Hello, everybody. I recently bought a BodyLine dress, and like a fool, I bought a size M like usual. This size M through, alas, is smaller than the average size M- with the sheering. I assume I need to add four inches but I am stuck on removing some pleats and redoing the shirred panel, adding cloth to the bodice.. All that. Will anyone be kind enough to post tips and links if possible?

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14th-Feb-2014 02:04 am (UTC)
This tutorial might be what your looking for.
14th-Feb-2014 05:54 am (UTC)
Could you remove the shirring entirely? Surely that would give you a good few extra inches? Or did you want to keep the shirring in tact?
14th-Feb-2014 12:51 pm (UTC)
Couldn't you just sell the Medium and buy a Large? :O
14th-Feb-2014 03:50 pm (UTC)
Just remove the elastic from the shirring. It's the easiest thing to do, and usually grants you a few extra inches. I wouldn't worry about adding on to it until you've let the shirring out.
15th-Feb-2014 05:01 am (UTC)
I altered a Bodyline jsk that was a little snug back when I was heavier by buying a damaged skirt in the same colorway and then using that fabric to re-make the shirring panel. I had to take the original one out and replace it. 4 inches should be okay. If you alter it too much, especially at a larger size, you're going to run into some odd problems like the strap positioning and eventually the issue of just making it wider doesn't always work. But M to L shouldn't pose any issues like that.

If the larger size is in stock, it'd probably just be easier to buy that and sell your smaller size. But if it's sold out, it might be a better option to alter it or hold out and see if it ever gets restocked.

Bodyline's sizing is all over the place so you really have to pay attention to the listed measurements.
15th-Feb-2014 06:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you all! I'll have to see if I have the courage to modify it or see if another pops up~ thanks!
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