All the dresses were 90's dresses with a 40's throw-back style and fell about mid calf. I knew I wanted a long dress, and not a tiered ruffle look, so that meant I needed to cut right into the center of the dress & sew in some gore-skirt type inserts. A dress form was mandatory for this reincarnation.
Step 1 was to put the dress on the form & mark the center front. I used a chalked string to mark my center front. I picked the cherry fabric dress to be my front panel, so I hung it up so that the cherry dress was touching the floor & marked how far up on to the dress my cut needed to be made.
The front gore sewn in.
The front, back & side gores are all inserted, now it's time to fill in the gaps between the gores to the floor. That's where I inserted the skirt pieces.
The front and back gores sewn in. Time to open the side seams.
Step 3 was to fill in the squares that were left blank from the bottom edge of the original dress and the new hemline created by the inset gores. I cut rectangles out of the skirt fabric & attached it to the bottom of the original dress first, then I continued sewing the vertical seams all the way to the bottom (all my seams are still facing the outside at this point)
Step 5 was to trim all my seam allowances down to 1/4 inch, turn the dress inside out and re-stitch all the seams (right sides together now) creating finished french seams on the inside.
Lastly, I top-stitched a piece of lace from the cherry dress and created a "V" on the front of the dress. It adds a bit of figure flattering detail.