Okay this is what you do. You buy white tissue paper.......like you put in presents. You measure your daughters bust (widest part) Then look on the pattern and note what they say is the bust measurement. If its an empire style ( one top piece) - cut the pattern in 2 and piece in extra tissue to widen the top by the difference. If the pattern says 34" and add 2 inches to the front- pin the extra to the reg pattern- you could also adjust the darts- if you are confident then take the pattern and hold it up to her ( have her wear a bra that she would have on) and make sure the pattern extends to the side seam meet area. The back probably doesn't need adjustment.
If the dress is all one piece you can add a long pie shaped tissue piece. Just split the dress down the middle and pin it the added tissue to expand the section to accommodate the tatas.
Fit the tissue patterns on your daughter and make sure the fit is good before you cut the fabric and you will be really happy with the custom outcome. And glow with pride.
By adding width topattern pieces or pie shapes in certain cases, you should be able to alter a dress for a great custom fit.
Thanks for the tip! I used to get the coupons, but must have been taken off the mailing list. They always had great 40% off coupons. I signed back up.If you wait until patterns go on sale at JoAnn Fabrics, they have Simplicity patterns for 99 cents up to 10!!! THAT'S when you buy patterns. :thumbsup:
I have a great book that explains everything - even has pictures - haven't looked at it in a while though. I'll pull it out and let you know the name. I think you could teach yourself if you don't take classes.Good luck! I bought a sewing machine right after Jackson was born and collected so many different quilt panels. But guess what? Still sitting in the foyer closet! I wish I knew how to sew. I want to learn so bad, need to sign up for a class I suppose.