Ii had the idea of slimming it down by adding panels to each side front and back.
This is what I did.
I cut my panels 3.5" wide by laying the pattern pieces (front and Back ) and tracing along the sides. I should say that I sewed in the dart first before tracing the front.
I then measured 3 and 1/8" from the sides of the dress and marked with my great measuring tool and my chalkener. This was my placement line for the panels.
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