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Message Board > Fitting Woes > dress hem line hangs lower in back than front ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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dress hem line hangs lower in back than front
all dresses - purchased & home sewn sag in back
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Date: 3/15/12 5:41 AM

I wear mostly empire waist and gathered dresses. Breezy, flowy dresses. Nothing fitted. I have a huge butt, small waist, broad shoulder, small-average chest. I *think* my shoulder roll back a bit.

So, all dresses hang about 2" longer in the back than the front on me. The front hemline is usually an 1" above my knees, back hemline sags to the back of my knees. About 2-3" difference. And I'm constantly readjusting the neckline back down on my dresses.
Is this a swayback?
Thanks
erin

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Date: 3/15/12 6:03 AM

I should add that i dont have this problem with skirts. Be it a pencil skirt or fuller, gathered skirt; hem line is even all around. Its just dresses.
So, problem must be bodice or waist fit issues??
Thanks again
Erin

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Date: 3/15/12 9:17 AM

Hummm, this is interesting. You said you have a "huge butt". That would normally lift the back higher(think full bust and how it would raise the front). Your situation seems to go against this thought. Can you post pictures of yourself...side view would be helpful. You may be right about your shoulders, but if there is a 2 inch difference, your shoulders probably go back more than "a bit".

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Date: 3/15/12 9:54 AM

It could be swayback. Do you see puddling of fabric right above your booty? This is generally the telltale sign. A swayback does mean that you're shorter in the back than the front (this doesn't seem anatomically possible, but I have become a believer).

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Date: 3/15/12 10:00 AM

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this is interesting. You said you have a "huge butt". That would normally lift the back higher

I'm curious, too. My hips aren't huge, but definitely curvy, and I have more the problem JTink describes. Coats and jackets ride up at the back, and I always have to add to the center back seam of pants to keep the waistband from sitting too low at the back.

The jacket/coat thing in my case is probably also from having a fairly curved, full back... sort of the opposite of a sway back, if I'm picturing that correctly.

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Date: 3/15/12 12:33 PM

Is your empire seam parallel to the floor? Could it be riding up in the front? Is the empire seam actually under the bust?

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Date: 3/15/12 6:44 PM

@JTink
Yeah. I'm going to post some pics. Setting up tripod now :)

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Date: 3/15/12 6:52 PM

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Do you see puddling of fabric right above your booty?

Nope. I do get a large gap in my waist band on my jeans and fitted skirts. My shirts and jackets don't puddle on top of my butt.

Posting a pic.
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Date: 3/15/12 8:39 PM

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Could it be riding up in the front? Is the empire seam actually under the bust?

OK. I can't get my computer to recognize SD card.

Now that I've seen a side view pic, I think my dresses are riding up in front, baggy in the back bodice. The front bodice/empire seam looks parallel to the floor, back bodice/empire seam is droopy.

Need to correct earlier statement: I do see pooling of fabric on top of my behind. Never noticed that before :(

So maybe is a combo of rolled shoulders towards the back and swayback?

Thanks ladies,
Erin
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Date: 3/15/12 9:10 PM

This is an interesting topic. I have a very flat ad low butt and always have a lower back hem on a dress.
I have only just noticed as to what exten I have the problem and it"s about 1.5 inches lower on the back. I'm at present mulling over what alteration to do. I definitely don't have a sway back. I have curvy high hips and a forward shoulder. I'll follow this thread with interest.

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