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Bridesmaid Gown to Cocktail Dress

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I found this bridesmaid's dress at a thrift store. It was beautiful, and fit me perfectly! But there's not a lot of weddings in my near future, so I decided to take it ($7! a steal!) and do a quick fix on the hemline.

So here's how you turn a two-layered standard bridesmaid's gown into a cocktail dress fit for a good party.
 
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Step 1: Lay it out, measure & cut outside layer

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Lay your dress flat, folded at the front center and back center. The side seams should rest on top of each other. Get the inside layer out of the way; we'll be working with just the outside layer to start with.

Decide how high you want the hemline to be. I went with 18" shorter in the front, 8" shorter in the back.

Measure straight from front to back, and cut just below that line. (Leave a seam allowance.)

If you're nervous/unsure of the hemline you want, pin along the line and try it on again.

Step 2: Measure & cut inside layer

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Lay it back down and cut the inside layer to match. You can see that my inside skirt was thinner than the outside one, so I cut the lining to match the shorter part of the skirt.

Step 3: Hem

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Double roll hems and sew.

Make the outside layer's hem very thin.

Make the inside layer's hem noticeably wider, so that it will be shorter than the outside layer.

Step 4: Hooray!

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Look at that nice new cocktail dress!
buirv1 year ago
Nice
The dress looks to be made just for you; couldn't ask for a better fit.
I'm crazy about the length - especially longer in the back; beautiful!

Beth
I know I already said it, but it turned out so great. :D
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