Applause Costume Alteration Directions
Note to parents: You're off the hook! I'm gonna go ahead and encourage you to NOT DO THIS. That's right - you've got an amazingly capable young lady for a daughter that can do this. I've got a ton of photos to help guide them, and they can ask me questions this week if they need it. Your daughter is at school to get an education, and no, this is not a home economics class, but why not have her learn something new. Best news of all, this is a costume - it will be seen from a distance and IT'S OKAY IF IT'S NOT PERFECT.
You will need:
- Black and white thread
-A needle (or a sewing machine)
-Iron and ironing board
Step 1: Remove the outer layer of the sleeve from the rest of the dress
Step 2: Remove the "shiny" inside layer
Your sleeve should now be completely removed from the main part of the dress
step 3: Cut off stray threads
Step 4: Cut through the bottom end of the sleeve
It should look like this when folded open
Step 5: Cut through all layers of black slightly beyond the edge
Step 6: With the remaining black fabric, cut a strip along the long edge around 1"-1.5" wide (you can throw away the half moon shape leftover - but I'd wait til the end)
You're going to need your iron now. To make sure that it's not too hot, have it on the synth/silk setting.
Step 7: Take the long black strip and press it (iron it) in half lengthwise (shiny fabric inside)
Step 8: Next, press each half in towards the inside (shiny fabric)
Step 9: Take the other section and separate the two black layers
Step 10: Fold in the corners so that they make a right angle and press.
This is what it should look like:
Step 11: take the lengthwise edges and press them in towards the center seem
This is what it should look like when you flip the white fabric back over.
Cut off stray threads at the corners
You'll need black thread now
Step 12: Fold your long, skinny black section of fabric in half. Place it next to the bottom of the arm hole
Do the same with the other section, but place it at the top. These will be the two areas that you will be sewing them onto the main part of the dress.
Step 13: Leaving a decent amount of overlap, cut the extra amount of the long skinny black fabric towards the top.
Step 14: Line up the center of the long, skinny black piece with the bottom center of the armhole.
Step 15: You are going to want to "taco" the long skinny black fabric around the edge of the of the armhole. Pin in place making sure that the center of the strip of fabric and the center of the bottom of the armhole are matching. The bottom of the arm hole should not have any "raw" fabric (raw = frayed edges)
Step 16: Sew piece into place, focusing your effort on the length edge closest to the bodice of the dress.
Step 17: Place the white fabric section next to the top of the arm hole. Using the black fabric only, "taco" that around the raw edge of the top of the arm hole.
Pin into place, making sure that the buttons are matching up with the top center of the arm hole.
Step 18: Sew into place along the edges (don't forget to set the angled edge)
Step 19: Fold the corner of the white fabric in towards the inside at a right angle.
Step 20: Sew into place.
Step 21: Press into place.
You did it! Now. . .do the other arm ;)