Altering your costume is really very simple....all you need is a needle and thread! For small adjustments, just move the eye (of the hook and eye). For larger adjustments, open the seam, overlap the pieces, and re-sew. Your costume is made from pieces that are seamed together. Any two attached pieces can be separated at their seam and overlapped. But remember: NEVER cut the costume itself, only cut the thread at the seams.
Altering the Bra:
The back strap of the bra can be shortened, but not lengthened. Simply overlap the back strap to the correct size and reattach the eye (of the hook and eye) at the correct place on the outside of the underneath strap. Sew the eye between the sequins. The end of the underneath strap can then be secured (if necessary) by adding an additional hook and eye.
The shoulder straps of the bra can also be shortened, but not lengthened. Simply separate the seam at the front of each shoulder strap where it attaches to the cup. Then, at the same place, open the seam of the lining of the cup and insert the edge of the shoulder strap. Slide the shoulder strap under the lining to the correct length and re-sew it to the edge of the cup. Shoulder straps may also be moved towards (or away from) the middle of the bra to obtain a more comfortable fit. Simply open the seam where the shoulder straps attach to the cup or to the back strap and re-sew them at the desired position.
The bra cups cannot be altered, except by adding padding.
Altering the Belt:
The belt may be shortened, but not lengthened. To shorten the belt two inches or less, simply overlap the belt to the correct size and reattach the eyes (of the hook and eyes) at the correct place on the outside of the underneath belt end. Sew the eyes between the sequins.
To shorten the belt more than two inches, the process is harder because you want to keep the front and back designs centered on your body. The belt has two sides--an open side with hooks and eyes and a closed side that is seamed. Reduce each of these sides one-half the total amount you want to reduce. First, adjust the closed side. To do this, separate the seam that holds the pieces of the closed side together. Next, overlap the ends of the pieces and re-sew them one-half the amount you want to reduce. So, if you want to reduce the belt 6 inches, overlap the ends 3 inches and re-sew. To re-sew, sew around the edges of the underneath piece. The final step is to reattach the eyes (of the hook and eyes) on the side of the belt that opens. Move the eyes one-half the distance you want to reduce. So, if you want to reduce the belt 6 inches, move the eyes 3 inches and re-sew them. Sew the eyes between the sequins.