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By Susan Wigley Copyright 2001. All Right Reserved.
time to time I get questions from readers that address common fitting problems
and I want to share the answers with as many sewing enthusiasts as possible.
This is one of those questions and I hope this will help you solve your fitting
The necklines on most patterns that I buy are usually way
too wide. My straps usually show and it looks like I need to narrow the neckline
about an inch on each side (or bring the neckline in an inch closer to the neck
on each side). What is the best way to do this? Also, when making tank tops or
jumpers I have the same problem, but if I add an inch to the inside neckline
area so it will cover my straps, the shoulders of the tank top or jumper look
too wide. Help, please! Thanks!!!!
Answer: This is a common fitting problem and fortunately it's very easy to fix. Before you begin, lay a piece of butcher paper, newsprint or craft paper under your pattern and tape it in place.
Step 1: Extend the shoulder line at least 1" toward the neck, then plot a point 1" in (or whatever measurement you need to adjust the neck width). Using a French curve, draw a new neckline by blending the existing neckline to the points you just plotted (figure A).
Step 2: To adjust the shoulder, plot a point on the shoulder line, 1" in from the existing armhole. Then draw a new armhole, by blending the existing armhole to the new point on the shoulder (figure B).If the pattern has neck and armhole facings, don't forget to make the same changes to the facings. That's all there is to it!
useful sewing tips like this, visit our website at www.paragonpatterns.com
you have questions about sewing and you need help, visit our sewing tips page
and send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
. I'll do what I can to answer your questions.
next time, sew happy!
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