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Subject: Is there any let out in the armhole? The upper chest is probably what is pulling. It could also be the sleeve cap (might need more fabric). Where are the stress lines when she puts her shoulders back? Those should lead you to the area the needs more room.


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Date Posted: Friday, September 20, 05:40:27pm
In reply to: thanks for any ideas 's message, "So when a dancer trying on a dress, pulls her shoulders back in "dance stance" and then says "it's too tight when I pull my shoulders back!" what can be done? The dress seems to fit but the fabric is firm and unforgiving. All I could think was to let it out a bit through the bust at the underarms. Any other ideas?" on Friday, September 20, 02:23:53pm


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Also check the armpit. If the armscye is too high, it will restrict movement and pull when they try to put their shoulders back. Sometimes it's easier to see what's going on if you take the sleeve out and have her put the dress on. I have seen a successful alteration where the dm added a wedge of fabric at the armsche edge of the bodice in a color that complimented the design. (NT)BJ, Irish SeamsSunday, September 22, 03:42:24pm

    If you mean too high into the armpit, that is not the problem (you are talking about adding gussets so the arms can move more freely). In fact, having the armscye higher into the armpit is very common in dance wear. This is an upper chest issue, and since the dancer's dance posture involves pulling the shoulders back, if you give more room across the upper chest, when she is not dancing, it will look too big. If you make that adjustment, make sure all concerned know what is going on and why. (NT)*Sunday, September 22, 06:17:47pm


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