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Handicap Clothing Conversion

Handicap Clothing Conversion

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Convert a Day Dress into an Open Back Dressfor Handicap and Geriatrics
A standard commercial made assisted dressing dress generally has a double wrapped back . But we are going toconvert a pre -owned off the rack dress, (maybe a patients favorite) so that the wearer can feel comfortable intheir own clothes. This process will work for slips, shirts and sleepwear as well.
Commercial OursMaterials:
TOOLSsewing machineMeasuring tapePinsFabric ScissorsPencil Newsprint or something large to trace your panel patterns onto.ruler/yard stick FABRIC AND NOTIONSSingle fold bias binding to match color of dress (You will have to decide how much after you measure)Piece of solid cotton fabric, pre-shrunk, that is the same color as the dress and is as long as, and half as wide asthe dress.3- Buttons that matches the dress that are very flat, very smooth and not too big3- 3/4 inch length pieces of 1/8 inch elastic
© Charlene Tremain Morrison www.thatssimplyfineandfancy.blogspot.com
 
Start:
If there is a center back seam , just undo the seam with a stitch ripper carefully. You don't want to looseany fabric. If there is no center seam, find the exact center back of the dress by measuring from sideseams and mark with pins from top to bottom. Carefully cut along your pin line to the top of the dress,Including any neck facing. Tack any neck facing down to the cut edge so that it will be sewn into thedress.
Left Side of Dress: Inside Panel piece
Design your inside panel piece by measuring a)the back of the dress from the underarm seam up to theneck line, ¼ of an inch away from the newly cut edge. b) the center back from op to bottom c) the sideseam from under arm to hem edge and d) side seam to center edge at hem.Calulations example for a straight hanging dress:Under arm to neck _________ 
and extend ¼ inch horizontally from neck pointand extend ½ inch horizontally from underarm point
underarm to hem edge: _________ + ½ inch = _________Center back to center hem _________ + ½ inch = __________ Side seam @ hem to hem at center cut _________ + ¾ inch = __________ 
© Charlene Tremain Morrison www.thatssimplyfineandfancy.blogspot.com
 
But most likely you have a shaped dress.....
Open the now cut dress up onto your pattern paper and pin down the back piece of the dress that you want tocopy. Place pins at a) the underarm seamb) the neck c) the center cut hemd) the side seam hem
Trace with a pencil across the bottom hem line from pin to pin
Trace from bottom hem line up to top hem line
Trace from bottom hem line up to under arm seam.Unpin dress from paper and with a ruler match the neck point with the underarm point. Now you need to addyour seam allowance. On the angled edge from neck to underarm , you will fold over a piece of bias binding thesame length, no extra length is needed
Sewing
Fold and iron the bias tape piece in half length wise. Sew the Bias tape across the top of the fabric onthe neck to arm edge with a standard sewing method.
Hem the side seam edge with a double fold hem, folding ¼ inch twice.
Repeat hem instructions for bottom hem.
© Charlene Tremain Morrison www.thatssimplyfineandfancy.blogspot.com

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