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Date: 10/19/03 9:35 PM

ok I've had enough. I've come to accept the fact that almost on all the tops I make I need the following alterations:

1. Forward Shoulder or high round back alteration
2. Full bust adjustment
3. Sway back

I've only done the forward shoulder adjustment on one or two patterns before but I really want to just take one pattern and do all the alterations on it and end up with a pattern I'll use over and over again. I just thought it might be more fun if I had someone else also with me in this project. By the end I want to have one set in sleeve and one raglan sleeve pattern perfected to which I can add design details to create multiple t-shirts.

I am going to start with these two patterns from my stash:

For Set-in-Sleeve Kwik Sew 2804

And for Raglan Sleeve Loes Hinse Cowl Top

Is anybody interested in joining me for this project? I plan to start something this week.

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Date: 10/20/03 7:05 AM

Actually Deepika, I'm attempting to do the same thing. I traced a new version of Burda 3197 yesterday starting from a smaller size since I always have shoulder and upper chest difficulties. I have traced the Loes Hinse boatneck top but haven't tried it yet.

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Date: 10/20/03 10:22 AM

Great Irina! I already have both the patterns traced. I might be able to do something tomorrow night. I am going to start with the kwik sew pattern first.

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Date: 10/20/03 11:08 AM

Include me here.  This is great...a t-shirt fitting support group!  I am working on Burda 3197.  I don't have FFRP, I have Fitting Finesse from the library.  I don't know what the forward shoulder adjustment is, though I probably need it.  I am doing the sloping shoulder adjustment, full-bust adjustment, and increasing at the waist, which I might not need due to the bust adjustment.  Hmmmm, swayback too?  I don't know how to do that one either.  I really need to get that book.

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Date: 10/20/03 6:48 PM

Great project idea, and I wish I could join in this week.  However, having just returned from a trip to NC, I'm trying to get my desk at work cleared off (Cleared off???  I'm trying to FIND it!;) and get my laundry done so I can pack for my NYC trip this Thursday.  I'll be keeping an eye on this topic, though, so I can try it at a later date.  I hope you all post your tips and tricks, so the rest of us can learn.  Good luck!

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Date: 10/20/03 7:18 PM

Deepika,

One of my goals over the next several weeks is to make a well-fitting T shirt from PMB3 or Curves. I'm too well-endowed in the bust department and have no hips. I'm trying a softwear program because I hate altering patterns.

Towanda

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Date: 10/20/03 8:19 PM

Count me in!! I'm currently working with Jalie 2005, and will try Neue Mode  23057 for a raglan. I need full-bust, swayback, forward shoulder or high round, and what else?Sometimes doing a sloping shoulder adjustment helps if the line is too square, and I like higher armholes. A lot of patterns' armholes seem too low, and I can't decide what the problem is--if it's just a preference quirk or a genuine fitting issue.  Anyway, I'm trying the Jalie boatneck right now, and have full-bust and swayback alterations made to the pattern and the fabric is cut out. I'm so glad to know others are doing this, too--i thought everyone but me had this figured out!

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Date: 10/20/03 8:21 PM

Deepika,

Excellent idea!  I ordered FFRP yesterday from my local bookstore, and I'll be searching my pattern stash for a t-shirt pattern to work on.  I'm sure there's one or two pieces of knit fabric lurking in my stash somewhere! :winkgrin:

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Date: 10/20/03 9:45 PM

ok this is great! I am a very goal oriented person (or atleast I try to be) so are we setting any goals for ourselves in this group? My goal is by the end of this week I will have one good fitting t-shirt pattern. so to achieve that since I have only a few hours every day after work to sew, I'll spend one day doing my alterations and perhaps two days to sew? which means that if I start tomorrow or day after I should be good.

This is the order in which I'll be doing alterations:
1. High Round Back (pg 122 FFRP)
2. Sway Back (pg 126 FFRP)
3. Forward Shoulders (pg 162 FFRP)
4. Full Bust (pg 142-146 FFRP)

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Date: 10/20/03 10:31 PM

Deepika,

That's pretty much my schedule. too (one day to work with the pattern, and two to sew). I can't fit it in otherwise. I have the Jalie boatneck ready to go with a full-bust and swayback alteration. I'm not sure how much to make for the forward-shoulder and/or high-round, so I thought maybe I'd save that one for the next go-round when I see how it fits. I'll try to start sewing tomorrow so I'll have something to show by Friday. This  is just the kick-in-the-butt I desperately need :)

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