I've been meaning to share this hack for awhile and I'm so happy to finally put it out into the world! This hack is such a fun and easy hack for the Photinia and you can use it for the top or dress view.
PLEASE NOTE: If you end up doing the dress version for this hack I recommend shortening the bodice and just doing the BODICE using this hack tutorial and then attaching to the skirt later. Alternatively you can attach the top and skirt extension together and do the hack all at once but it may take a little longer.
This Hack Post is split into three sections for the open front, the binding, and the lengthened elastic sleeve. Alright, let's get into this!
CREATING THE OPEN FRONT
1. Place and cut your top/dress FRONT on the selvage rather than the fold. Cut the back on the fold as normal.
2. Mark 5 1/2 inches down from the top, or desired height. Sew using 1/2" seam allowance
3. Press the selvage egde open and create a squared off "v" for your neck opening
CREATING THE BINDING FOR THE OPEN FRONT
4. Cut two binding bias pieces 2.5 inches wide and connect them together. An I depth tutorial for the next part is found on the button hack blog post, but basically with the wrong side up fold back one edge of the bias binding piece by 1/2". Then fold the bias binding wrong sides together with the unfolded edge extending about 1/2".
5. Sew the binding closed by sewing perpendicular to the binding using a 1/2" seam allowance. Then turn the binding right side out. It should look like this.
6. Find the center of the binding piece and attach it to the center back of the top/dress. Fold the remaining binding over and pin in place folding the extended tie pieces naturally to
CREATING THE LENGTHENED AND ELASTIC CUFF SLEEVE
7. To create the sleeve use your cuff piece as a reference for width and cut two rectangles to your desired length +1". If you want the top of the sleeve to be fuller and gathered, multiply the width times two and gather the width to the width of the cuff.
Attach the sleeve to the bodice according to the instructions. Finish sewing the full top/bodice according to the instructions.
8. To create the elastic channel fold the finished bottom edge of the sleeve up by the width of your elastic + 1/4". Create a 1" gap between the beginning and end of your stitching. Insert your elastic using the safety pin method and then close the gap by stitching over it.