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From: JackieW
Date: 03-14-2006, 02:23 PM (1 of 5)
Hi everyone,

Having a bit of trouble altering a bridesmaid gown. She bought it a size bigger which means I need to take in the zipper, take in the shoulders, and voila, the neck gapes, big time. It has princess seams which extend to the armhole. Is that where I alter it? Seems like the best place, as far as I can see but I'm afraid it'll make the shoulder seem too skinny???
User: JackieW
Member since: 08-25-2005
Total posts: 10
From: jenny-o
Date: 03-14-2006, 02:47 PM (2 of 5)
Did you take in the top shoulder seam or just the armholes where the sleeves meet the shoulder? If the sleeves are gathered it will be easy to take in the shoulder seam a bit, if they are fitted then you'll have to make the sleeve a little slimmer too or else lengthen the armhole. I don't really see how the princess seam will help with the gaping neck though unless the bodice is too baggy in the bust / waist too.
User: jenny-o
Member since: 08-28-2005
Total posts: 132
From: JackieW
Date: 03-15-2006, 12:55 PM (3 of 5)
Ooops, I forgot to mention it's sleeveless. I actually haven't taken it in yet, I'm waiting for another fitting to see how what areas will fix that. When I 'scrunch' up the armhole on both sides (where the princess seam is) it helps. Unfortunately the whole front is baggy..... I think you've hit on a point though, the armhole must be too big (can't remember though) and if I take the princess seam in it should work.

Thanks jenny-o, I'll see what happens this weekend when she comes over for a fitting.....eeek!
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Total posts: 10
From: Shellymoon
Date: 03-19-2006, 10:13 PM (4 of 5)
I almost always have this problem cause I'm too blessed in the bust department, which means I use a bigger size to hold all that business in. But, I have to adjust the shoulder, neck and sleeve area to a smaller size.

I just made a Burda T-shirt and the gaping neck problem was solved when I took out a triangle shaped bit of fabric of the shoulder seam. Basically I started at the neck with 3/4 of an inch and worked my way down to nothing where the shoulder sleeve met the sleeve cap. What I cut off looked kinda like the shape of a dart.

If you're making a sleeveless gown, you should have ample liberty to take in the shoulder seem without losing much in the rest of the design.

Does that make sense?
Shelly Moon
User: Shellymoon
Member since: 05-27-2001
Total posts: 240
From: paroper
Date: 03-19-2006, 10:45 PM (5 of 5)
It is much easier to buy for the shoulder region and make a full bust adjustment. You don't have to worry about all the neck/shoulder/sleeve/back/front, etc adjustments that way. Most patterns are meant for a "b" cup. We tend to measure the bust and say "X" must be the size but for women that are blessed with more, the full bust adjustments just make more sense and are not nearly as difficult, esp with a little practice.

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