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Please help with SBA - confused....
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Date: 6/19/12 8:05 PM

So with lots of help from the message board, I finished Butterick 5319.
Butterick 5319

It looks ok in the picture, but the front neck is really gaping...
So I want to do SBA.
I found Slapdash's tutorial on SBA on wrap front top
SBA tutorial

But I'm confused...
How do I shorten the neckline? If I "pinch" it to shorten, it changes the angle of all the other areas. (grainline, armhole, etc)
How do I shorten it without changing everything else?
Do I slash it?

Here's the pattern before SBA

After SBA

Thank you again and again with all your help!
I feel like I need to perfect this pattern!

AnneM  Friend of PR
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Date: 6/19/12 9:44 PM

I would suggest starting by narrowing the dart. You don't need a dart that large. If any of the edges say "ease" (the side or bottom), you can reduce or eliminate that by comparing the length to the matching piece.

I'm actually working on a wrap dress right now, that comes with the pre-done cup sizes, but I am not sure the comparison would help much. But I think they shortened by putting the point of their pleat on the side edge, rather than the bottom, shortening the length across the entire front (but leaving the side seam the same). I won't promise this was the case; that was based on a quick glance.

With a great wardrobe that's still in the flat-fabric stage.

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Date: 6/20/12 2:51 AM

I always have to do a SBA too. I always pinch out the neckline like you have done. However, you are taking a huge amount out of the neckline -- looks like over 3 inches. That might be a little too much.
I also reduce the width of the under dart in much the same manner as you did to the neckline.

Please excuse any typos, ipad keyboards are hard for me.

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