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kell
« on: August 28, 2006 01:48:29 PM »

I gained weight this past year, being away at college for the first time.  My problem is that the weight gain wasn't even, and my chest is several sizes smaller than my hips.  So trying on shirts the other day was really horrible, as anything that fit over my hips was way too loose on top. 

Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix clothes like this? Do I get the smaller size and add on for the stomach and hips, or is there any way to decrease the chest/sleeve area of a shirt? 
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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2006 01:52:04 PM »

It would be my guess that it's easier to get larger and size it down to fit you than buy something that's tight most places and let it out or add fabric. Check out the "reconstructed" thread in this forum, you will get lots of ideas.
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2006 09:03:24 PM »

It's always easier to go a size up (since you can't really add fabric) tapering side seams and/or adding a few darts should fix the problem. How you fix it would definately depend on the kind of shirt you got, but I'm sure most things could be made to fit well.
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2006 03:07:25 PM »

Something else to keep in mind is that Jr clothes (odd numbers, 3-5-7-9-11-15) are going to be cut narrower in the hips than Missy sizes (even numbers, 4-6-8-10-12-14-16-18)  Any clothing that is sized with an odd number (7-8 or 9-10) is also a Jr.  If you are trying on Jr clothes you may want to try Missy sizes, the proportions may fit better.  If you find something close you can also at a slit at the hips or a curved hem if its long enough (curved like a man's shirt hem)

If you purchase any of your clothes at a better dept store you may also be able to get them to fit a top for you and then you do the alterations.  Its always easier if someone else pins it for you, well as long as they know what they are doing ;-)
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