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How to Take in a Dress by Hand

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  1. How to Take in a Dress by Hand, How to Take in a Dress by Hand: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Lay the dress flat on a table.

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    • Measure the bust and waist of the dress with the measuring tape and write the measurements down.

    • Measure your own bust and waist. Subtract the your measurements from the dress measurements.

    • Divide these numbers by two.

    • This is the amount of fabric that will be removed from each side.

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    • Turn the dress inside out.

    • Use the marker to mark the amount of bust and waist fabric that you are taking in for both sides.

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    • Connect the marks with sewing pins (or safety pins) to make a clear path to sew along.

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    • Thread the needle and leave plenty of excess thread for tying knots.

    • Start at the bottom of the new hem and weave the needle in and out of the dress until you reach the other side.

    • Tie a few knots at the end and cut the excess thread.

    • Now the new hem has been made.

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    • Cut off the excess fabric with the fabric scissors. Stay about a centimeter away from the sewed line to make sure you do not cut the thread.

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    • Repeat all of the previous steps on the other side of the dress.

    • Turn your dress inside right, and that completes this guide.

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Olivia Collins

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