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Too much gape in front!
gabyr
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Date: 1/1/12 0:13 AM

Hi all,
I've got a sleeved dress pattern that fits really well and I'd like to use it to make a sleeveless dress. When I made a muslin and just left off the sleeves I noticed too much gape in the front/chest part of the armhole.
Is there some trick or general suggestion for what I should do to the pattern, so that the gape is gone? Do I need to remove or add fabric, so that the armhole circumference is bigger or smaller?
Thank you !

Gaby
-- Edited on 1/1/12 0:13 AM --

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Date: 1/1/12 0:18 AM

Usually armholes are a little bigger in circumference on garments with sleeves. Based on the muslin, raise the armhole about 1/2" - 1".
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Date: 1/1/12 0:28 AM

I've read where if a sleeve from one pattern is to be morphed onto a different pattern that the trick was to copy the the armhole from the pattern that the sleeve came from. With that in mind, I would suggest morphing the arm hole opening from a sleeveless pattern onto the pattern you are making.

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Date: 1/1/12 0:42 AM

I would rotate the excess fabric into the dart.

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Date: 1/1/12 2:47 AM

Thanks for the help so far!
The pattern is New Look 6968 view D, and even though it has a sleeveless view (B) it uses the same pattern piece as D - from memory.
I will try raising the armhole as Loti suggested. Does that mean just adding 1" just to the bottom of the armhole and blending to the middle or top of the armhole?
I hadn't thought of rotating the excess fabric into the dart, thanks Sickofitcindy, I'll try that if the raising doesn't go well :)

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