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Jupiter, FL

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Date: 9/27/12 4:36 PM

Hi, All. Although I can sew reasonably well, I am a rank beginner as far as trying to tailor a garment. I have a RTW jacket that I am trying to improve the fit of. I have posted a photo of the back of the garment as purchased, and a second with the current, basted, un-ironed state in which I have taken in the two side-back seams and the center back seam. I think it is an improvement, and I realize and am okay with the fact that it will never be perfect, but any suggestions for further improvement? What's causing the "V" below the waist? Perhaps I have taken in too much? Also, any suggestions for the front (3rd picture)? Since I don't think I have the ability to successfully alter the armholes or move the pockets, I am limited, but I thought I'd see if anyone has any advice. Thanks much! http://jacketalteration.shutterfly.com/pictures/8
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Lena Merrin
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Date: 9/27/12 5:39 PM

Hey great job!Jackets are never easy. "V" below the waist is an extra length at CB, also the reason why your vent is spreading. It can only be taken into the waist seam, so if you are not planning to cut it up any further, then I wouldn't bother. The diagonal folds under the armscyes at the back are due to the round back, so to fix this you'd need to make the upper back longer, or make the front shorter (at shoulder seams). Again, due to notched collar, it is a huge chunk of work, so unless you are very keen, I'd let it go.

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Date: 9/27/12 6:10 PM

Thank you so much for the advice!! I will probably not tackle the adjustments you identified, but at least I know what the problems are and that they are of a nature I can live with, given the work that would be required to fix. This will also be a huge help when I ever get back to sewing from scratch, because certainly these types of issues are best avoided from the start. Thanks again!

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Date: 9/28/12 3:06 AM

No problem, I am glad I could help

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