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Topic: How to decrease neck hole and arm holes in pattern? Simplicity 2917  (Read 1027 times)
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« on: February 25, 2013 11:04:52 AM »

Hoping someone can help...

I recently made Simplicity 2917 variant c and d. (It's the one with the red/pink dress not the vintage with the green dress that pops up in google: http://sewing.patternreview.com/patterns/19039 ). I made the shirt from a rather thin cotton print and the dress from a very light flannel. I made it to my measurements too. Neither fabric really has any stretch to it, and both have been washed and are not stiff.

Basically, the neck is too big. So are the armholes. I made the shirt first, I ended up having to remove the zipper panel and add darts to the bust area at the arms to make those not gap either. The dress, I changed the pattern a little to try and fix that. First I shortened the back centre the 4 or so inches I had to take in

I know the pattern is supposed to sit far out on the shoulders but on me it is slipping off. And if I sit, it gapes open on both items.

And, I don't need the zipper on the dress either.. I can slip it on over my head. I did convert the zipper to a side lapped zipper (because I hate zipping up my back!) I'm thinking they are just too big, but I followed directions and made true to size. Do their patterns always run this loose?

I'm going to alter the dress to fit.. but how in the heck do I fix the over-wide neck? And what would be the best way to alter the pattern pieces? Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2013 02:05:51 PM »

To make the neck opening smaller, on any new garments from this pattern, you can 1- extend the shoulder seams inward towards the neck, then redraw the neckline OR 2- take the pattern in at the front and back seams, add back any needed width at the side seams.

To make the neck opening smaller on an existing garment, you might be able to do option #2 above. If not, I'd make a dickie or fake undertop in a matching solid color and snap it to the underside of the too large neckline.
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