Life is Beautiful: Alter your own clothes: a maxi dress

5.14.2012

Alter your own clothes: a maxi dress

I think I tailor at least 60% of the clothes I buy.  They're very simple tailoring, no changes to the design, just to make it more figure flattering.  I've only posted it once before, but since I do so many tailoring on my clothes, I thought I'd share one I did recently.


I got this adorable maxi dress from here, and everything fit, except for the waist.  The before/after photo:


*This dress has a side zipper and this alteration will only work for you if you have a side-zipper, pleated dress.


What you'll need:
-Side-zip pleated dress
-Sewing machine or needle & thread
-Thread. (preferably matching but not necessary since you won't see it.)


Directions: 
1.  Put the dress on and while looking in the mirror, pinch one side and measure how many inches you need to take in.
2. Turn the dress inside out.
3. On the zipperless side, take in the inches by sewing on the waist part.  Make sure to backstitch.
4. Turn the dress right side out and you're done!



lovely photographs by Jessica Peterson

Estimated time: 5 minutes
Budget: free!
Skill level: beginner


Would you want me to post more of these series from now on?  

39 comments:

  1. you should definitely post more things like this!

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  2. I totally agree with the top comment! Thanks for sharing this useful tip!!

    http://fashionarymonster.blogspot.com/

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  3. So you only take in the orange part, nothing else? That looks amazing - such a small adjustment, such a big impact. Would love to see more posts like that. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes, just the orange part! Since it's pleated, it drapes on the side really well. If it wasn't pleated however, you would need to sew the skirt part as well. I'm sure I'll have a tutorial for that later on. :) Thank you for your comment!

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  4. Yes Please! Thank you for sharing with us how to do this!

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  5. Seriously, I love your blog...both the family part and these posts. you always inspire me!

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, your comment means a lot to me!

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  6. What a gorgeous dress and perfect shoes! I can't believe you just sewed that little bit to create a perfect fit. Would love to learn more!

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  7. I would love to see more posts like this. This is exactly the sort of practical, quick sewing that I'd love to have more solidly in my repertoire!

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  8. Nice dress! I would love it for you to post more things like this. I never realized how such small alterations can make a huge difference. Slowly I am getting better with the sewing machine and seeing you post things like this inspires me to keep at it :) Can't wait to see what you have for us next!

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  9. WOw those shoes are such a perfect match with the dress. Love this tip Sarah thanks!

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  10. Shoe info, please? They're perfection.

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    1. Thank you. They're from Zara.

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  11. I love this post! Please post more. I feeli like I take in a lot if the clothes I buy. It doesn't seem like a big change but a small alteration is the difference between liking an item and not wanting to wear it :)

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  12. This is great! Yes yes, do more posts like this!!

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  13. it looks wonderful with this new condition :)

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  14. You look gorgeous in it!

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  15. I love the whole outfit! your shoes are amazing:))
    nice match...
    greetings from Istanbul - Burcu :)
    http://girlielittlethings.blogspot.com/

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  16. Great dress and so simple alterations!

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  17. I love the alterations. Please post more :)

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  18. I love that dress! Isn't it great to be able to fix your own clothes to your own size.:)

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  19. Great idea! I'm attempting to alter a skirt that is a bit stretched now, so will use this idea.

    Btw those heels are amazing!!

    Talitha xx

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  20. shoes and dress. wow so so amazing. i love your style and your posts! thanks for sharing!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  21. Great! with the shoes!!! the colors are fantastic!

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  22. Hey Sarah! You are my favourite!!! <3 Yesterday I saw that shoes in Zara but from where did you get that nice dress?

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    1. Thanks, Julia! The dress is from Romwe.com but I believe it's sold out now.

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  23. Very, very nice! Thanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays.

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  24. So pretty! Great job, it is much more flattering!

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  25. Great job!! That dress is gorgeous!!

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  26. the outfit is so beautiful!! I wish I had found your blog earlier so I could have purchased the dress :( if you find something similar to it can you please post it up?

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    1. Yes, it is sold out now! :( If I come across something like it, I'll let you know!

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  27. You are so talented!!! This looks amazing! I featured you today on Sew Woodsy!

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  28. the shoes!!! oh lady!!!

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  29. What a gorgeous dress and the alteration really made a big difference! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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  30. this dress is beautiful! it doesn't look momo friendly though, did you wear a nude shirt underneath? I've contemplated shirts with see through sleeves but always think.. another layer? ugh.

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    1. Thank you! I usually wear a scoopneck modbod type black top under it. In these pictures though I'm not, because I totally forgot to bring it to the photoshoot haha.

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