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From: threadingerin47
Date: 12-18-2005, 04:00 PM (1 of 5)
I need to take a 19 neck size shirt and make it fitted on the sides for my brother..advice please?
Erin from NH who says GODoodlesNQuilt!!!
User: threadingerin47
Member since: 12-18-2005
Total posts: 10
From: sewingrandma
Date: 12-19-2005, 08:30 AM (2 of 5)
Yes, why is it that if a man has a 19 or as DH has a 191/2 inch neck that the rest of the shirt is huge? He could fit 2 more of him in the arms and around the chest and waist. He also has the problem of having a very short neck. We always tell him he has no neck since he looks like his head sits on his shoulders. How would you adjust a collar for this problem?
As far as making your shirt fitted, I'd take in some at the seams, also you can take in the pattern to accomodate some fitting, and I've seen men's shirts with fitting darts at the waist. I'm sure there are others out there with more ideas of making the shirt more fitted.
User: sewingrandma
Member since: 03-06-2003
Total posts: 432
From: paroper
Date: 12-19-2005, 10:34 AM (3 of 5)
I would take in as much as possible at the sides. I won't hesitate to put thin fitting darts in the back. I'd do the front only if I have to. You need to be careful with the darts, they will need to be thin at the centers and very long to prevent putting a "bust point" in the shirt.

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User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 12-19-2005, 11:32 AM (4 of 5)
I would have him put it on inside out & pin to fit. then I always sew on the outside of my pins because you can take more off easier than letting the seam out. If you pin it first you can make sure the shoulders don't look gathered when you get done.
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User: Mom of Six
Member since: 11-03-2001
Total posts: 1115
From: threadingerin47
Date: 12-20-2005, 11:44 AM (5 of 5)
I read your suggestions and thank you very much!! I took in the side seams and I will see how they fit; and if I need to I will put in the darts; you are all very helpful! I am so glad I joined this group!!!
Erin from NH who says GODoodlesNQuilt!!!
User: threadingerin47
Member since: 12-18-2005
Total posts: 10
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