After getting good advice and sleeping well last night, I’ve started the first part of altering my brown linen regency gown. There is too much gathered fabric on the front skirt panel at the top, so I’m unpicking all the tiny stitches the length of the side seam so I can slash the side of the skirt panel by about 6 inches. I’m going to only cut off a small amount and then gather it again and see what it looks like. Then, if need be, I may cut off more. No pictures. Sorry.