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How to adjust on armhole princess?
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Date: 1/8/12 10:48 AM

I'm doing a muslin for an armhole princess blouse. The pattern has the A,B,C D cup so I'm going with my usual size 10 for the shoulders and a size 12 with the C cup. My shoulders are barely 4 inches. Even the size 10 is way too wide in the shoulders and even down to the armpits on the front and a couple inches down on the back too. Even going down to a size 8 for the shoulders is still too wide. Normally on a regular blouse I can make the correct alterations tapering down to the armholes but with a blouse with a front and side front I'm not sure how to do it and couldn't find anything in my FFRP book. What should I do?
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Date: 1/8/12 1:44 PM

I make the adjustment on the front, where the shoulder is. Let's say you need to take out an inch(I also have 4 inch shoulders), at the top of the shoulder(about in the middle), make two marks an inch apart and a mark in the middle of the two one inch marks. At the middle mark, slice down about 5 inches then over to the armhole...the cut will look like an L. Do not cut through the armhole, leave a hinge. Back at the top, fold your shoulder so the one inch is removed. You will notice how the entire L moves. Tape in place. I like this method because it doesn't mess up the shape of the armhole.
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Date: 1/8/12 2:13 PM

Okay think I got it. Do McCalls generally run large in the shoulders?
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Date: 1/8/12 2:20 PM

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Do McCalls generally run large in the shoulders?

It generally depends on the size. The larger sizes are graded out everywhere, including the shoulders. And not just for McCall's.

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