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Subject: 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.

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Date Posted: Sunday, September 22, 06:17:47pm
In reply to: BJ, Irish Seams 's message, "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." on Sunday, September 22, 03:42:24pm

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Good pics and analysis of a dancer's extreme posture and fitting the bodice:*Sunday, September 22, 06:26:17pm

didn't mean to sound so harsh! Thinking and writing at the same time and then not proof-reading for tone. Sorry! (NT)*Sunday, September 22, 07:35:02pm

Exactly. The armscye has to be high, but if it is too small, it will pull. Same with the sleevehead. If it is too small, it will pull when the dancer puts her shoulders back. I always explain to the parents/dancer that the dress has to look beautiful while they are dancing, not while they are hanging out (and slouching) with their pals between dances. Solves a lot of problems. (NT)BJSunday, September 22, 09:09:39pm

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