how to take in a dress

How To Take In A Dress?

To take in a dress simply refers to you making a big dress smaller. It’s a very easy cloth alteration that any beginner/ apprentice can handle. It is a quick and easy project, which can be done in a few hours.

how to take in a dress: Materials needed

There are some materials you will need to take in a dress. 

You will need

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  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Needles
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Seam Ripper
  • Measuring tape and chalk
  • Iron

Steps On Taking In A Dress

Taking in a dress may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and a little bit of know-how, you can easily do it yourself. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Gathering Your Materials

Before you begin, make sure that all of the necessary items are at hand. gather your measuring tape and any other tools like scissors or an erasable writing utensil to ensure a clean outcome for yourself.

Once everything has been collected prepare by laying out what will be used first; this could either entail matching threads from different colors depending upon which type of dress it may turn out being (sundress? ball gown?), as well two sets identical except one set includes small metal pieces known collectively within their family tree simply called pins.

  • Take the necessary measurements 

Measuring yourself is the first step to getting a dress fit.

Measuring of;

  1. The Hips
  2. Waist
  3. Bust

will allow you to know how much fabric or alterations are needed for that perfect look.

You’ll have to measure the dress to determine how much needs to be taken in. To do this, measure the dress at its waistline, then subtract 1-2 inches from this measurement. This is the amount that you’ll need to take in.

  • Determine The New Waistline

You’ll need to determine the location of the new waistline. To do this, measure the distance from the original waistline to the desired location of the new waistline. Then, divide this measurement by 2. This is the distance you’ll need to mark on either side of the original waistline.

  • Mark The New Seams

Finally, use a ruler or tailor’s chalk to draw a line between the two marks.

To create a flattering, flowing dress design that fits the body measurements. You need to measure yourself and then draw in new seams. Draw each line carefully following the natural flee of fabric as it goes so no gaps appear where there are none – this will ensure an all-around smooth fit.

  • Pin Down And Sew Seam Line

Pin the back and front of your new dress just close to those marks you made before, make sure to mark each side of the seam.

Once you have marked and pressed your seam, use the sewing machine to sew each of these lines. This will create a new finish on either side.

  • Take-Off The Extras

Now that you’ve cut into your new seam allowance, it’s time to trim off any excess fabric. Leave about 1/4″ or so on one side of this line for now and then simply finish cutting onto the other end once all sides have been dealt with accordingly.

Once you’ve finished taking in the dress, it’s important to sew up the seam allowances to keep everything in place. You can do this using a sewing machine, or by hand if you’re comfortable doing so.

  • Give It A Finishing Touch

Give your dress a nice pressing with the iron, be sure to flatten out those seam allowances till they lay flat.

It’s important to note that taking in a dress may not be appropriate for all occasions, so be sure to use your best judgment. If in doubt, it’s always best to consult a professional tailor.

Different Ways To Take In A Dress

There are a few different ways to take in a dress, depending on the type of dress and how much it needs to be taken in. 

  • Sewing Darts

If the dress is too big around the waist, you can take it in by sewing darts into the fabric. 

Darts are triangular pieces of fabric that are stitched close to the waistline to give the dress a more fitted look. 

  • Sewing In A Panel

If the dress is too big in the bust or bodice, you can take it in by sewing in a panel or panels of fabric. 

This is often done by taking a piece of fabric that is the same shape and size as the area that needs to be taken in and sewing it into place. 

  • Sewing The Seams

You can also take in a dress by taking it in at the seams. This is often the best option for dresses that are too big in the hips or thighs. 

To do this, you will need to remove the excess fabric and then sew the seams back together. Be sure to use a seam allowance when sewing the seams back together so that the dress will be fitting correctly.

No matter which method you choose to take in a dress, be sure to test the fit of the dress after you have finished taking it in. Try it on and make sure that it fits well and looks good. If it does not fit well, or if there are still some areas that need to be taken in, go back and make the necessary adjustments. Taking in a dress can be a bit of a tricky process, but with a little patience and some practice, you will be able to take in any dress that you want.


Taking in a dress can be an overwhelming experience. You need to find the perfect fit, consider what you will wear with it and how much time or money is on hand for alterations if necessary- not forgetting that dresses often have delicate fabrics which mean they’re prone themselves more easily damaged than other clothing items.

Now that you know how to take in a dress, you can make any dress fit you perfectly! Just follow these simple steps and you will be able to wear any dress you want, no matter what size you are. Good luck!

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