How to Alter the Bust of a Dress with a Lining

Introduction 

When buying a dress, the chances are that you are not going to find a perfect fit. Let it be prom dress, wedding dress, bridesmaid dress, or a dress for parties; you will need to make sure that you are wearing something that will fit you properly. Because ill-fitted dresses are never an option. That is when alteration comes in place. So, if you want to know how to alter the bust of a dress with a lining, follow us!

When you are shopping for a dress and the loveliest dress does not have your size, you better go for something bigger than your actual size. Because altering a small dress is harder than a bigger dress.

How to Alter the Bust of a Dress with a Lining

Now that you are done with buying the dress, what are you supposed to do if you are in a hurry and there is no seamstress to alter the dress for you.

In this case, you can take the matter in your hand. All you need is to have the right materials and patient to do the work. Let’s get started with our tutorial on how to alter the bust of a dress with a lining.

DIY: How to Alter the Bust of a Dress with a Lining

Before you can start, you need to see if you have everything to work with. The items you need for the alteration are-

  • Sewing machine (needles if you prefer)
  • Stitch ripper
  • Scissors
  • Fabric chalk
  • Pins
  • Matching threads
sewing kit

After gathering the items, you can start learning the steps for how to alter the bust of a dress with a lining.

Step 1

The first thing you are going to cut the stitches with a stitch ripper. To do so, you need to see if your dress has sleeves or no sleeves.

If it has sleeves, you need to make a hole around the area you are going to alter. And from the hole, you start ripping the stitches.

If there are no sleeves, then you will not have such a hard time to unstitch.

Cut the Stitches With a Stitch Ripper

Step 2

After you are done unstitching the main and lining fabric, you need to measure how much you are going to alter.

Step 3

According to the measurement, using the chalk mark the pointers on the dress.

Step 4

Pin down the areas around where you put the measurement. That will help you a lot when you start stitching.

Step 5

Do not cut any fabrics now. In this step, you are going to stitch the dress back. Turn the dress inside out and start sewing using the sewing machine or needles, whichever you prefer.

Step 6

Wear the dress to see if everything fits perfectly or not. If it does, then cut out the extra fabric or keep them if you need to make the dress bigger again.

Wear the dress

Final Thoughts

There you have it- tutorial on how to alter the bust of a dress with lining. Hopefully, our tips will help you fix your dress, and you will get to enjoy your time wearing your favorite dress to the occasion.

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