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tessie b
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Date: 7/3/13 3:38 PM

I posted last week on the beginner's forum regarding the front facings not laying flat. I added pictures today (my son helped me) but now it sounds like a "fitting woe" so here I am!
I'm having trouble with simplicity 1796 and am hoping to get some advice. I made a muslin using size 16, but it was too big on top so I cut 14 for the top and 16 for the bottom of the dress.
Below are the pictures my son took for me to post; the back of the neckline kind of sticks up. Do I have sloping shoulders? Are they the same as forward shoulders?
Also, in the photos it looks as though I have a large chest, but that is not the case.....I am very small chested. My shape is a pear/triangle.

Thanks so much in advance for your help!





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Date: 7/3/13 3:52 PM

The way you are standing (facing the camera?) appears the right shoulder is lower than the left.

I don't think this is why the facing is standing out at the back. At first glance it looks like the interfacing is too stiff.

You may be able to take this apart and ease out some of the excess fabric.

I am sure there will be umpteen more suggestions, but overall the dress look great.

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Date: 7/3/13 5:11 PM

Looks like you could go down an other size or two on the neck. The back of the neck is not coming up high enough to meet your neck line(where your necklace is laying) From the side pictures, it looks as if you head is a bit forward. If you have Fit for Real People, on page 126 it shows how to make the alteration.

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Date: 7/3/13 5:59 PM

This is a very pretty dress and I do hope you can save it. Going from the front neckline I am not sure the back neckline meant to be where your necklace is - the pattern info will tell you how much below the normal neckline the back is meant to be.

I wonder if you stay stitched the neck as soon as you had cut out the fabric - if this wasn't done it may have stretched while you were sewing.

Can you remove the facing and then run a gathering stitch all along the back neckline and pull it in until it is against your back ? Steam iron out the little excess you will have.

Am not sure you will be able to re-use the facing as it will be too big so may have to fiddle with it to get it to fit.

As Jtink has said you do have a curve at the neck that may be contributing to the problem but I have the same curve and have not run into so tend to think it's either that the neckline stretched or the interfacing is too heavy for the fabric

Stick with it and I hope it will work out

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Date: 7/3/13 7:07 PM

I think the dress looks great and honestly would not notice the back if our paths crossed, but you did post picture 3 which shows it well.
Simplicity are made for a B cup, size 14 is 36" and then there's ease. I wonder if a smaller size top would suit you better, considering the neck and as you think the top makes you look larger than you actually are? However, that doesn't help you now.

I made a dress with a similar neck 'gape' and I do think the top was just too big for my neck/back, however I hardly ever wear dresses so didn't tackle it to fix it. But I had thought that removing the back facing a bit and putting in a couple of darts at the back neck might help. Then replace the facing, cut and seamed to fit the new neck. I liked this idea as I wouldn't have to interfere with my sleeves or shoulders.... but like I said - I didn't try it so it is just a thought.

Nice job on the sewing :)

ps son did a very good job on the photos, very clear.

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Date: 7/3/13 8:25 PM

Thank you so much ladies for both your help and kind words. I really love the colors and shape of this dress and will continue to work on it. After reading about the interfacing it occurred to me that I didn't have an issue with the back when I made the cotton muslin as I didn't include the facings. I used a tricot fusible interfacing but perhaps it is to stiff. I will begin with that and work my way through.
Hopefully this will be my first Pattern review when it's completed! That is if one of my sweet sons are home and can take a picture for me.

Thanks again!

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Date: 7/4/13 4:29 AM

It is a lovely dress and it looks wonderful. I would consider a small high round back alteration 1/4-3/8 inch to bring the back neck into alignment. You might have stretched it a little but I would tend to doubt it. Match the pattern to the dress to check. I don't think it looks to big but the right side seems like it could be shortened at the shoulder which is lower than the left and that would also reduce the blousing at the waist. Keep us posted.

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Date: 7/4/13 10:05 AM

Oh - pretty summer dress! As others have said - quite wearable as is, but you could tweak the neckline a bit. I like the idea of opening the facing and making some darts. Since I am very lazy, I would not even remove the whole facing, but cut it at the center back and put a seam in there to take up the extra fabric.

Another thought is, looking at the front view, you may be able to take the shoulder seams out and adjust it that way. That would mean undoing the whole neckline though. Hope you haven't trimmed the seams yet!

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