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DIY Revival: Taking In A Dress



1. Remove the sleeves of the dress and turn the dress inside out. Try the dress on and with a friend have them pin starting from the arm holes where you want to take it in.
2. With the dress still inside out still sew along your pinned line, removing the pins as you go.
3. Trim the seam allowance that you have just sewn. Then using this tutorial alter your sleeves and sew them back onto your dress. And using this tutorial hem the dress to the length you want it.

Your done! You now know how to revive an entire dress! 
What other techniques are you guys interested in learning for your own revival files?!

15 comments :

  1. Thanks for the tutorial! I'm itching to try my own revival file!

    Could you show how to best remove the sleeves without destroying them?

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  2. oh i just love it! love the tie around the neck!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

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  3. freak i need your crazy sewing skills. I FAILED HOME EC---that's how good i am.

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  4. Love this...I keep thinking "I probably could do that!" but if I'm being honest with myself no, no I cannot.

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  5. Before picture: PRICELESS!! :D
    Thanks for the tutorial! I am a little intimidated about the sleeves but heey! I will try it :D

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  6. So flippin' cute! I can't wait to rework a dress! love it!

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  7. amazing!! I'm so trying this. just sayin'...

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  8. Dear Sarah,

    I was wondering, what are you studying? The obvious answer would be clothing construction or design, but I don't want to pigeon hole you just because of your sweet skills.

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  9. great job, i really like the way this revival came out. the one thing i'm still curious about is how you alter the neckline of a dress.

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  10. I love love love the colour! Gorgeous!

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  11. You are a miracle worker!!! I love what you did with this dress! Now if only I had my own sewing machine and needle prick prone fingers...*sigh* I fail at sewing, but love it to bits and pieces!

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  12. K so I just found your blog and I am pretty much in love. Every single thing you make or refashion is SO freaking cute. This dress included of course.
    By the way, has anyone ever told you that you look like the girl from this blog: http://taza-and-husband.blogspot.com/ because YOU SO DO. Just for the record. :)

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  13. Great tutorial, this is very helpful! :D

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  14. I love your entire blog and how you explain how you make your dress, I'm going to have to try my own

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