Technically I had 364 days to get this finished. So why, on the eve of our school's Halloween party, was I up sewing until the bewitching hour?
In a word:
Two years ago I was a witch. Found a black wig, bought a witch hat, borrowed my sister's black dress and bought some striped tights. Ugh. Those blasted striped tights. Let's just say "one size fits all" only applies if you're crotch comes down to your knees. But hey, we teachers are inventful right? Nothing some scissors and rubber bands can't fix. Who needs blood circulating through your legs anyway?
Flash forward to this year. I borrowed my sister's black dress again.
I thought I had it in the bag, until I ran across my niece's old pre-teen sized witch costume.
If only I had an off button.
It wasn't too bad, actually, other than a wee bit of cursing and a little midnight sewing. (I am a witch after all, what do you expect?)
Here's the before (pre-teen size):
1. Cut to create short sleeves, since moving my arms at the party might be necessary.
2. Add panels, using sleeve material, to the chest area, since I might need to breathe during said party.
3. Add extra pieces to shoulders, using sleeve material, to drop neckline and eliminate armpit squeeze.
4. Re-attach waistline to new bodice and pray for a miracle that it all fits.
Drumroll please...here's the after:
It actually worked. I know it only appears like I cut the sleeves off, but there's a lot more room in there. No stuffing, squeezing or bodily smashing required. Now it fits.
Okay, here's the madness of it all:
*Tip: don't wait until the night before your party to do this. haha. Yah, joke's on me.
2. I cut the shoulder seams
and added two strips from the excess arm material, by sewing each piece in half, turning it right side out and then attaching it to the shoulder seams
which brought the neckline down. Goodbye armpit squeeze.
3. Next, I cut the side seams
and added panels of fabric (leftover from the sleeves) on either side of the bodice which gave me room to breathe
5. Then I sewed the puffy tulle sleeves back on the new bodice
6. I got a little more room in the waist by popping a few skirt seams (there wasn't any elastic) and sewed the new bodice back to the skirt.
I was so glad it worked! And with only a few hours to spare before the party. Why do I do that to myself? I'll definitely need some Halloween candy in order to recover.
And yes, I did buy some new tights. No rubber bands this year.
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