Sew, What's Up

Sew What’s Up Presents

The Sew What’s New Archive

This archived content is from Mary Wilkins’ sewing and quilting message board “Sew What’s New,” which was retired in August 2007. It is being provided by “Sew What’s Up,” which serves as the new home for many members of “Sew What’s New.”
From: BabsSewingRoom
Date: 02-12-2007, 07:49 PM (1 of 5)
I have a bridesmaid dress that needs to be 5" longer! I'm looking for suggestions on best way to use the shaw to make it longer. Just adding it to the bottom seems so tacky. Do I cut it at the waist and add a band there? It's style 8567 at
User: BabsSewingRoom
Member since: 04-10-2004
Total posts: 80
From: paroper
Date: 02-12-2007, 09:56 PM (2 of 5)
Some bridal stores will order the dress longer. Did you ask?

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: AndreaSews
Date: 02-12-2007, 10:13 PM (3 of 5)
Unfortunate. It'll take some creativity. I thought I had an idea that would look good (use matching shawl plus extra of a lining fabric to create an underskirt that extends past the natural hem), but I looked at the style and it doesn't look like it would work out that well for that style. Anyone else feeling clever tonight?
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: VenusElaine
Date: 02-13-2007, 01:10 AM (4 of 5)
This is a real :bang:. If ordering a "tall length" is not possible, I would lengthen the underskirt (front) at the waist and add length at the back with a band. The overdrape, in my experience with this style is separate and sewn only at the side seams and at the top of the bodice. The side seams would need to be ripped the entire length on one side, and at the waist area on the ruched side. I would not attempt to lengthen the drape. It will be less noticeable if it is shorter than the other maids than if it is pieced. This is a MAJOR :nervous: alteration, and should be basted and fit several times before completion. I wish you luck with this project!

"Always put as much effort into your marriage as you do into your wedding."
User: VenusElaine
Member since: 10-22-2005
Total posts: 126
From: BabsSewingRoom
Date: 02-13-2007, 10:59 AM (5 of 5)
Thanks for your suggestions. I'm hoping that front panel is just tacked there where the pin is placed. I'm thinking it would look best with a band placed there. I realize it's going to be a major alteration and she needs it just about time I'll be doing all the prom dresses. I've worked on dresses for this gal before and was always able to add an underskirt to make them work. She's really tall - over 6' - was one of our star high school basketball players and is now onto college on a golf scholarship. She tells me there are 7 bridesmaids and another one will have the same problem. I suggested the bride then have them wear tea length dresses but guess that wasn't an option.

I got my first prom dress for alterations yesterday. This one is a light aqua color. I'm anxious to see what the dominate color will be this year. Last year it was peach and corals. Prom is May 5. I did 30 each of the last two years but am going to try and not do so many this year. I love doing them but as I work part time 3 days week and help babysit my granddaughter when son is working night shift I kind of got stressed out last year. (the granddaughter is 15 yrs old and you question why I need to stay with her - nervous grandma just doesn't think a 15 yr old should be alone all night even though we live in safe small community). It's just her and her Dad.

Guess I'll tell the bridesmaid to plan on being in the wedding and we'll do "something". If any of you think of anything else let me know. THANKS
User: BabsSewingRoom
Member since: 04-10-2004
Total posts: 80
Sew, What's Up
Search the “Sew What’s New” Archive:
Visit Sew What’s Up for the latest sewing and quilting tips and discussions.
This page was originally located on Sew What’s New ( at