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Sway back adjustment
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Date: 12/12/05 7:32 PM

I am trying to make Burda 3197, the close fitting T-shirt. I have made so many muslins, I've lost count! I never knew I had a sway back until this project, where I have lots of fabric puddling across the small of my back. I need to dart out almost an inch. Am I way off, or should this be a tiny 1/4 inch dart.? I am using size 12, and I am tall, 5ft 8in. This has been the most frustrating thing!

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Date: 12/12/05 7:47 PM

You should remove as much as you need to get rid of the excess fabric. The more fitted the garment the more you'll have to remove.

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Date: 12/13/05 5:44 AM

Thank you ,Gigi, for holding my hand. I've never done this adjustment before, and wasn't sure if I was going overboard. In reading past posts, it seems others have had this sudden enlightenment regarding this t shirt and the sway back issue. I guess I've been wearing my clothes too baggy.

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Date: 12/13/05 6:06 AM

I am very short-waisted and have to remove anywhere from 5/8 to 7/8" from the back right above the waist.

Taking out an amount in this range has made my tops and jackets look so much better in the back.

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Date: 12/13/05 7:00 AM

OK, so since this thread is up I do have a general question about "swayback"... I've read about it in lots of alteration books, but I still don't really understand what it is. Or rather, I think I do, but I don't know how to recognize it. Is there a difference between swayback and Big Booty (I would think so, but I just don't know). What exactly would determine a sway back?

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Date: 12/13/05 11:32 AM

It is lordosis (extreme inward or downward curve of the spine).
People with swayback can have varying degrees of it. On some people its very noticeable and can surely affect how clothes fit. It can make your "Booty" look like it sticking out more.

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Date: 12/13/05 11:47 AM

I am 5'3" ans I have sway back. Here is how I determined how much I need to pinch out for my sway back. I have measured my front length (starting from the point where shoulder connects to your neck, through high bust and to the tape tied around your waist). Then I measure my back length (from top vertebra to the waist tape). I have determined that my front measurement is 3.5cm shorter than the one in the size chart. My back measurement, however, was 5 cm shorter that the chart measurement. So, I figured (duh) I have a sway back and need to make 1.5cm sway back alteration. It worked, too

Sorry for metric examples, method will be the same tho. I don't know how to determine "large" bootie easily. The only thing I can think of is measuring the hip, then taking front hip and back hip width and comparing them to the chart. That way I'd know if I am proportionately larger all the way around, or just in the back partGood luck

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Date: 12/13/05 12:22 PM

Does anyone have a picture of a swayback? I am wondering if I have one and that is why I have a bunch of fabric at the back of my waistband. I always thought it was because I had big hips and a small(er) waist (proportionately).

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Date: 12/13/05 12:49 PM

The big hips small waist can pretty much cause the same problem as a sway back, and it can be approached with the same alteration. I've never done the pinching method from FFRP because I have to fit myself, but I like the one where you draw you center back seam narrower at the waist. Els put up a link to a visual example of this. Check out her comments in this thread.

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Date: 12/13/05 1:06 PM

Heres a link to a pic of swayback.

http://health.allrefer.com/health/lordosis-lordosis.html

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