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From: Dustbunny01
Date: 03-14-2006, 07:53 PM (1 of 5)
The shirt I am working on is too small, (just on the snug side) without buying more fabric, can I just add a few inches to the side seams?
I think I have enough fabric to do this..

I know I will end up with two seams on the sides, but it should be ok since I only need an inch or so on each side.

or should I just scrap it and cut out a new front and back?
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Member since: 11-11-2005
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 03-14-2006, 09:19 PM (2 of 5)
Well, I am working on a blouse right now that intentionally has side panels, could be done. Would you not get enough ease by making narrower seam allowances? bummer....that would be so much easier...
Good luck!
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
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From: DorothyL
Date: 03-14-2006, 10:19 PM (3 of 5)
How does it fit at the arm hole/sleeve? If it fits ok there you will want to taper the inset. If not you will want to make the sleeve or facing bigger.
User: DorothyL
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From: Dustbunny01
Date: 03-15-2006, 01:20 AM (4 of 5)
It has darts at the bust line, I was thinking about easeing it out there and leaveing the sleeves alone,

I could take out the seams and just ease it out, but this is 100% poly and I am aready seeing some ravaling. So I think I will need to go over the finished seams with the serger.

yep I forgot to wash the fabric before cutting out the pattern :(

I have to do some pondering first. still working on the Flounce's I just finished pinning all of the narrow hem and am ready to sew,
I think I will finish the sleeves first, then ponder the side seams after I have the top finished..
I aready have the shirt together, minus the sleeves. and the bottom hem.
User: Dustbunny01
Member since: 11-11-2005
Total posts: 159
From: paroper
Date: 03-15-2006, 05:50 AM (5 of 5)
You might be able to gusset the sleeves but with the piece up the side it might look really tacky. Remember just 1/4 inch in the side seams (if you kept the 5/8 seams) is 1 inch in the shirt and you should have that in the sleeves too. You can sometimes fudge out 3/8 of an inch which will give you 1 1/2 inches.

I'd sure make that alteration before I put the sleeves in because it may effect how the sleeves go into the shirt.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
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