N wants to wear the first communion dress her sisters wore, but it’s tight on her, especially in the sleeves. The sleeves are puffed at the shoulder and at the hem. The puff at the hem is made by sewing the outer fabric to a much smaller lining piece.
I thought I could replace that lining piece with one the same size as the outer fabric, and make a straight hem. And perhaps, if the seam allowances allowed, let out the side seams a little, too.
My first attempt, on the dress’s left side, went pretty well, although I had to redo the side seam several times, first because the waist seam wasn’t going so well, and again because I forgot to put the sash back in. I was only able to add 3/8″ to the circumference, but if I can get that much on the other side, too, that’s 3/4″ — might be enough to breathe easier.
I am very pleased with how the new sleeve turned out. I like it better than the original, but that may just be because I am not fond of puffed hems on anything.
Left side done: