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« on: September 19, 2009 09:04:39 AM »

Hello! I'm appealing to those more skilled at sewing for a smidgen of advice. I've lost some weight and am much smaller in the bust now. I have a knit tank dress that is very forgiving and can fit over a large range of sizes, but now the armholes are really big and hang down to the bottom of my bra band. What is the best way to fix this? The three techniques that come to mind are

1. Lift at the shoulders and sew across the shoulder seam (with dress inside out, of course). The problem with this is that it lifts the neckline quite high.

2. Sew up under the arms, continuing the side seam of the dress.

3. Bust dart? I am aware of these but have never attempted one. It's sort of an angled line pointing from underarm to nipple, right, pulling in extra fabric from each side?

I'd love to hear from anyone who has experience in this kind of alteration. For the time being, I just wear a cardigan over the top.  Roll Eyes Many thanks!
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2009 11:57:27 AM »

First of all, congratulations on the weight loss, assuming this was intentional.

Your post does not say how the armholes are finished. Are the bound, turned under and stitched, or is the dress lined? Whatever you do, you will have to rip out part of the armhole finishing. This is tedious. Are you sure the dress is worth it?

You state that you are wearing a cardigan over the dress. What about wearing a tank or tee shirt under the dress? That will give you a new look without having to make any alterations.

Your easiest alternative is #2. If you can take in the side seams and cover the bra, great. The next easiest is #3. Just pinch out the excess and stitch, being sure to make the dart in the same place on both sides.

My personal preference would be #1. It will give you the most professional look. If the neckline is too high, you can re-cut it, and even re-shape it if you want. That being said, you need to determine whether these alterations are even worth it.

Good luck and let us know your decision.
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