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Step 2: Modifying Your Pattern

We’re guessing quite a few of you who ordered the pattern did so to be able to change the dress to fit your specifications. There are a number of ways to modify the pattern, for example add length to the body or sleeves, make the hips wider, etc. If you’d like to make changes to your pattern you can do so relatively easily prior to cutting the fabric.

What you’ll need:
+ measuring tape or a ruler
+ chalk
Decide how much length you want to add, measure that length from the bottom edge of all pattern pieces involved and make small marks with the chalk. Then join your marks with a ruler and connect them with a straight line of chalk. The hem and sleeves of this dress are straight, so adding length is pretty easy.

* You don’t have to add extra seam allowance since it’s already added onto the pattern:
+ 1 1/2″ at the hem
+ 2″ at sleeve opening
+ 3/8″ everywhere else
*to make things easier for you, the seam allowance at the hem of the dress is 1 1/2″ wide on the pattern already, so if you just want to lengthen it 1″, I suggest taking that from the seam allowance and only folding it up 1/2″ during sewing instead of the full 1 1/2″

*The photos show me adding length to the sleeves, but it’s the same process to add length to the hem.
If you’ve made any other modifications that you’d like to share with the Uniform Project community, post your photos and details on our Facebook page to share, or email them to hello@theuniformproject and we’ll share them for you!


Kristina says:
Lengthening a flared dress can create fullness that will change the look of the garment. This needs to be factored into the garment possibly by diminishing the flare from the waistline. This needs to be drafted into the pattern for less than experienced seamstresses
2011-02-25 22:07:07
Tara says:
@saffronskye Great to hear you have a tracking number. I can only help you locate your order if you send me the order confirmation number, or the name or email address you used to place the order, since we really can't find your order in our system. Email me directly at tara@theuniformproject.com with this info and I'll look into it for you. Thanks!
2010-11-29 21:05:32
saffronskye says:
I now have a tracking number - but still no inidication that the package has actually been posted The U.S. Postal Service was electronically notified by the shipper on November 23, 2010 to expect your package for mailing. This does not indicate receipt by the USPS or the actual mailing date. Delivery status information will be provided if / when available. Information, if available, is updated periodically throughout the day. Please check again later.
2010-11-28 19:14:58
Tara says:
@saffronskye I'm afraid we have no record of a purchase with your email or name, could you have placed the order using a different email? Please email us your order # so that we can confirm your order and give you your tracking number.
2010-11-24 21:27:57
saffronskye says:
Much as it pains me to post on the blog again, I still have not received my pattern and promises to respond to my email and provide a tracking number are still not forthcoming.
2010-11-23 17:53:53