I LOVE the Millie Blouse Pattern. Every time I make it I tell myself I don’t make it enough because I am ALWAYS in love with the outcome. Recently I wanted to lengthen the blouse to dress length because I figured it would make an equally adorable dress.
I was right the Millie makes an adorable dress. Lengthening the pattern to dress length was really easy.
How to Lengthen the Pattern
- Cut the lower bodice piece about midway through.
- Spread the pattern piece apart by the amount you wish to add. In this case I added 5 inches to the length. Using the pattern length measurement, I figured out how much longer I needed it to be in order for it to be dress length and then added that amount. Then you will redraw the lines, this will add a touch more width as you keep the skirt line straight.
*remember to add the same amount of length to the front, back and placket pieces. Then sew the pattern up as per the instructions. The only change I made is I sewed the bottom few inches of the front together along the placket so it doesn’t open all the way, mainly because I was short a button or two and really wanted to use the gold ones but I like that it doesn’t flap open along the bottom.
That’s it. Making the Millie blouse a dress is really that simple. Although on the next one I have been told I should add pockets.