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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Armscye gape on ready to wear sleeveless blouse ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Sheryl in TX
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Date: 5/27/13 5:53 PM

Hi Ladies,

I purchased a Talbots sleeveless blouse in my size. I am smaller in the upper bust and often have "armscye" gaping in "ready to wear". I am wondering if I can use a thin piece of elastic to "bring in" the area in the front and back on the armscye. I only need to take it in a half inch or so. I know that I can put a dart in, but I'm trying to avoid this. Hubby won't know how to pin a dart and I don't have a dress form. Can someone help?

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Date: 5/27/13 6:39 PM

I've had some success with the elastic method. in a sleeveless t-shirt. However, its fiddly, and a dart would likely be better. Another approach would be to turn the blouse inside out, try it on, pin out the dart yourself, adjust as necessary.

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Date: 5/27/13 8:02 PM

Hi Stargirl,

Well, I tried the elastic method and it worked sort of. I stretched out the elastic way too much so I got quite the gathers from it! LOL So I picked it out and put in a dart, of which I am on the third try to get it perfect. I am almost there. Then, to measure it and do the same on the reverse side. I really appreciate your help. Thank you so much! :)

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Date: 5/27/13 10:51 PM

Not sure how the armscye is finished but can you pick it up in the shoulder seam?

You could also try running some elastic thread through the armscye finish if it's got some sort of binding.

It's hard to offer much without knowing what the top looks like and how everything is finished off.

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Date: 5/28/13 1:14 PM

Try the blouse on inside out and pin the dart in yourself, that's what I do

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Date: 5/28/13 4:37 PM

I will also vote for a dart. I would pinch it out, then mark either with a disappearing marker or with thread marking and make sure the dart is pointing toward the apex. Baste the dart to make sure it does what it is supposed to do and then stitch it permanently. That would be a quick alteration.

If the fabric allows though, I would convert the dart into ease. If you are sure that you need to get rid of 1/2" not more, gather the lower portion of the front armscye on two rows of stitching, measure to make sure that portion is now 1/2" shorter and then steam that section until all the gathers are gone. When you steam, make sure you accommodate the entire sector of fabric from the amscye to apex. Steam it over tailors ham and don't move until the fabric is dry and cold. This works best on woolens, but you can try on linen too. On cottons 1/2" is too much to ease. Practice on a swatch before you do it on your blouse.

One more thought: it may be good to staystitch the armscye before you start working on a dart - you may easily stretch it even more.

Hope this helps :)

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Date: 5/28/13 5:43 PM

I often take up that extra fabric in the shoulder seam. I'm a petite so often have to lift the whole garment up half an inch anyway and if I just pull up a bit more on the outer edge of the shoulder (a quarter to half an inch) the gap disappears. One of my very favourite sleeveless tops that gets tons of compliments was a $5 marked down from some ridiculously high price clearance bin special. I did that adjustment and voila! Pair it with my $19 marked down from $185 white jeans (sway back adjustment on those made them from horrible to fab) and feel very swanky.

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