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Lahaina Sew Along - Day 3

Niina Kivelä

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Sew Along Host: Tina Spieker

Lahaina Sew Along Day 3

Dress, Maxi or Tunic? Today you'll need to decide whether you'll sew the Lahaina in dress length by following the cutting chart for the skirt pieces in the pattern or whether you would like to modify the Lahaina into a new maxi or tunic length!

Lengthening to Maxi

To determine how to cut your maxi skirt, measure your model from the top of the inner shoulder to the floor (or the length you would like the maxi).  However, if your model is not available, the following is a general chart for maxi length by age.  It is based on averages and will not be a custom fit.  

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Take the total length of the maxi and subtract the total length of the dress from the size chart in the pattern.  For example, a size 5 maxi needs to be 35.5 finished.  The Size and Measurement Chart in the pattern says that the size 5 dress is 23.5”, from shoulder to hem, finished.  

35.5” (desired finished maxi length) – 23.5” (finished dress length) = 12”

So, for a size 5, the dress needs to be 12 inches longer.  If you are creating the double tier ruffle skirt you will add these 12 inches to the length of the tier 1 skirt pieces.  The tier 1 ruffle, tier2 skirt and tier 2 ruffle pieces will remain the same as they are in the pattern.  If making the single ruffle hem skirt you will add this measurement to the skirt length.

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Shortening to Tunic

To determine how to cut your tunic skirt, measure your model from the top of the inner shoulder to the crotch line (this is personal preference).  However, if your model is not available, the following is a general chart for tunic length by age.  It is based on averages and will not be a custom fit.  

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Take the total length of the dress from the size chart in the pattern and subtract the desired total tunic length.  For example, the Size and Measurement Chart in the pattern says that the size 5 dress is 23.5”, from shoulder to hem, finished.  The desired tunic length is 18

23.5” (finished dress length) – 18” (desired tunic length) = 5.5”

So, for a size 5, the tunic needs to be 5.5 inches shorter.  If you are creating the double tier ruffle skirt you will subtract the 5.5 inches from the length of the tier 1 skirt piece.  The tier 1 ruffle, tier2 skirt and tier 2 ruffle pieces will remain the same as they are in the pattern.  If making the single ruffle hem skirt you will subtract the length from the skirt.

Don't forget to upload a picture of your progress into the Lahaina SewAlong album in the Little Lizard King Facebook Sewing Group