The normal technique of turning it inside out and taking in the side seams wouldn't work, because there is no inside-out! No matter where you put a seam in a reversible dress, it will be visible when you reverse it!
Fortunately for me, this particular reversible dress was made with two layers of fabric, so, after some thought, I realized I could take the dress partially apart and do my alterations on the real inside—the space between the two layers.
Adding to the challenge, the dress had a complex closure system, which was a series of fabric-covered toggle buttons running down one side. There was no way I could touch those without ruining them, so altering the side seams—even on the inside layers—was out of the question. Fortunately there were already darts running up the back, so I decided I would just take them in.
I found one on the bottom hem.
Then I tried the dress on and marked where I needed to take in the back darts. I couldn't reach the back while wearing the dress, so I just pinched the sides and stuck in a few pins to mark the amount of fabric that would be removed. An inch between the pin and the side seam meant I'd add an inch to the back dart at that same height.
Then I flipped the newly-opened backside of the dress inside out, so the inside of the green layer was facing out towards the front, and the inside of the grey layer was facing out to the back.
I ended up lengthening the back darts by a good amount—in fact, extending them all the way to the top of the dress. I was worried this would create weird puckers in the top, but it didn't! Phew!
After taking in the back darts of the green layer, I turned the dress right-side out and tried it on, green side facing out. The fit was much better, but if I wanted to be able to wear the dress with the grey layer facing out, I'd have to resize that layer too.
This time just eyeballing the width of the darts I'd already modified, I matched up and sewed the darts on the grey layer.
The pictures only show how I pinned the yellow side, but the grey side was done in the same way.
Another try-on ensued.
OK! Everything was looking great.
So, I lengthened the shorter of the darts until they were approximately equal.
The first time I tried to fix this, I simply tightened up the dart on that side, but after another try-on, I could see that I hadn't fixed anything.
Yet another flip inside out, a quick adjustment of the side seam, which had actually been sewn badly originally (look at all the overlapping seams!), and...
Yes... Another try-on. This time I was satisfied.
|After: All fitted and extremely blurry. Sorry, but I'm sure I'll |
be wearing this dress again in the future, and I'll be sure to take a better shot!