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Subject: Extra room in the shoulder area

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Date Posted: 12:49:44 03/15/02 Fri
In reply to: 's message, "Bodice" on 12:43:36 03/15/02 Fri

I seem to keep having a recurring problem that I have not seen posted. I use Pat's fantastic patterns, but on almost every dress bodice, there seems to be extra material above the bust to the shoulders to the sleeve seam. I am curious what I might be doing wrong so that I can have the bodice lay more smoothly. Any help would be great, as I am sure everybody is currently sewing into the wee hours, I don't have the extra time for trial and error!

-I haven't had this problem, but I use shoulder pads in all of my dresses. you can try sloping the shoulders a bit. I have had it both too wide and too narrow, but I don't mind it wide as again I use the shoulder pads and this also allows room for growth.. Also it helps to balance out the dress a bit

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Date Posted: 14:11:39 03/15/02 Fri

I'm making a solo dress for a girl size 14. I made a trial top and although the front fit perfectly, the back seemed to be tight across the shoulders. Can I just add a 1/2 inch along the back seam to add a little allowance or is there a better way to just add a little more room in the shoulder area without adding more in the waist?

-There is a way to adjust the upper back area. Do you need more room across the shoulder as well, or just across the back? Any pattern fitting book will help (Simplicity has some good ones). If you add at the CB, you will have to add to the skirt as well.
-Adding to the CB will also widen the back neckline, which you may not want to do. The proper alteration would depend upon whether you wish to increase the length of the shoulder seam (from neck to armhole). You may find that you need to widen the back b

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