I made this dress last year.
I loved it but didn’t wear it all that much. It suffered from “too nice to wear” syndrome. And then, this Summer, I decided it actually looked just fine with flats and I could wear it whenever I wanted. So I wore it. And then I had to bend down to help E with something and I heard a rip…
Ooops. Not a seam come undone but an actual rip in the fabrics, right at the cap sleeve – underarm. Not a great spot for visible mending and impossible to mend invisibly unless… I always felt the cap sleeves didn’t fit quite right on me. Turn it into a tank dress? Nothing to lose right?
I put the dress on the dress form and pinned a new armscye. Tried it on, looked good. I sewed right along my line of pins to keep the layers together. Then, I took a deep breath and cut, leaving about 1/4″ next to my seam.
I took another deep breath and repeated the process on the other side. I tried the dress on at that point and the armhole was gaping a little. So when I finished the new armhole with bias tape, I pulled it tighter where there was gaping. I was lazy and just topstitched the tape in place after turning it inside. Slipstitching might have been neater but since my hem was topstitched, I figured it would match.
And it fits!
Depending on how I stand, it still gapes a bit…
… and you can see some ripples where I pulled the bias tape tighter.
But the rip is gone! And the dress seems to sit better on me without the cap sleeves.
Now, maybe I can move on to some not mending projects?