From size 2 to Size 12 in less than 2 hours without use sewing machine!

I am so excited to share this new makeover with you, I just changed a Size 2 dress to a size 12 in less than 2 hours without using a sewing machine! Sound unbelievable? But it’s quite true, let me show you how.

Here is the size 2 black silk dress, don’t believe me, check the tag!

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Size 2 is too small for most middle aged women/moms. what can we do with it?  I noticed the black outer layer had a lot of pleating around the waist and bust, which has the potential to be expanded. 

The inner layer is made of a synthetic fabric, it does not have any pleating,  So I couldn’t expand the dress without cutting out the inner layer.

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I very carefully cut out the inner layer and always making sure the sharp point of scissor is always at the side of inner layer, I didn’t touch the silk fabric while I was doing this because silk is so fragile, you can easily leave a hole on the surface if you are not careful.  I followed the border lines and cut them very slowly, one small cut at a time.


There was a belt that connected the two layers which limited the waist size, so the belt had to go. I have to very carefully cut off the sewing thread that connected with the outer layer with the belt. When the belt finally came off the dress, there were 4 holes left on each sides, two on the front and two on the back. The last step was to sew the holes together, since my sewing machine was already packed up, I only found a small needle with black thread in the hole, but no problem,  hand-sewing the holes won’t take much of time.

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Now, it is here! The black silk dress is soft, breathable, and the sizing is not a problem anymore, it can fit any women whose size ranges from 8-12. What an easy makeover! It took me less than two hours from start to finish, and I did not need any fancy tools beside a scissors and a needle+thread.


Here is the final result. with a portable silk lingerie underneath , this black silk dress looks elegant and feels so comfortable!


Lets review the before & after again, you can try this way to makeover your clothes too, but there are a few things I need to stress before you start changing a small garment to a bigger size.

#1, Make sure the bust and hip measurement are enough to fit you.

#2, Make sure the sleeves are big enough for your arms, if not, you can still make them bigger, but it’s just more work.

Size 2 to size 12

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