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Topic: Need help altering my 4790 whirl-a-way dress  (Read 455 times)
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« on: October 11, 2009 05:03:38 PM »

Ok, anyone who has made this dress or is familiar with the pattern, I need help.  The darted portion of the front fits great, but the collar and shoulder portion is weird.  It's like the neckline is too wide and the shoulder portion is weird.  I think I can figure out how to make the actual shoulder narrower, so it looks more like a normal sleeveless top, but I can't figure out the other problems.  There is so much extra fabric in the top portion, and I don't know how to take it out and narrow the neckline a little.  HELP.


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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2009 10:17:26 AM »

You could solve many problems by ripping out the shoulder seams and re-sewing them MUCH farther down.

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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2009 12:34:22 PM »

You probably have to do a full-bust alteration (darn those protruding mammaries, eh?). Choose the size based on your upper bust measure (under your armpits but above your boobs), then cut-and-slide the boob area of the pattern piece (I always trace my patterns to new paper when I have to butcher them). That way, the shoulders will fit properly. There's lots of resources all over the web for how to do this, picture tutes, videos even! And since it's currently so much larger than you are, you can probably re-cut onto the pieces you already have.

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