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Sewing/Altering dress with multiple panels


I'm making a beautiful dress with Vogue pattern #panel. It has a center front panel with a cross over bodice and collar. the front has a panel on each side of the front center front panel. The back has 4 panels, a center left, center right, left side back and right side back.

I made the muslin version so I could fit and alter my pattern before sewing with expensive fabric.  My body is a pear shape so I need more room in my hips, but mostly in my seat! The seat will need a minimum of about 5" total. Should I add 1" to each front side panels, 1" to each side panel back and  1" to each back panel for a total of 6"?  It shouldn't be fitted on the hip and bottom and that would give me some room to alter further. I can email you a picture of the pattern so you can see the dress.

Thank you!

Usually adding the extra to the side seams should be enough but 5" is a lot t add.
I don't think it would do any good to add to the front panels when you need it n the seat. Add some to the back
Panels add to the side seams you are realiy adding the same  amount to the front side seam as well the back.
Start at  waist and taper outward to the hip and go straight down to the hemline. Don't curve back in.
You would add an inch to each side seam which is really 2 " on each side and then add an inch to the center back.
That makes 6" but cut it down if you only need 5".
However, is the muslin fabric the same as the real fabric you're using? That's a good question.
Cause muslin is a plain woven stiff fabric. It should be comparable  


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