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Date: 7/17/13 11:32 AM

When one narrows the shoulders, does anything have to be done to the sleeve?

Do you raise the sleeve cap by the same amount to meet it?

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Date: 7/17/13 11:36 AM

Shoulder adjustments

I guess not. It makes sense when I think about it. That extra width isn't on my shoulder so the sleeve doesn't have to go that distance and more.

(I love the way y'all let me talk to myself on these forums. Something about writing my question down helps me research and think it through.)

eta: I didn't make the alteration that way though. I just used a French curve and drew from the new shoulder line down to the armhole notch.


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Date: 7/17/13 4:26 PM

I just did a narrow shoulder adjustment on a Sorbetto the Colette way, and it worked great. It doesn't change the armscye at all which means you don't have to change the sleeve. The one thing I'd note is that it does/can change the slope of the shoulder seam (if you're narrowing it generally makes it more steep, which I tend to need anyway with sloping shoulders). Something to note if you have narrow but square shoulders, or wide but sloping ones.

BTW, I have had a few patterns where I've made this kind of adjustment, and then did have to go back and enlarge the sleeve and armscye - previously the slightly dropped armscye seam meant that my upper arm was borrowing room from the bodice, and when the bodice was narrowed I suddenly didn't have enough room in the sleeve.

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Date: 7/17/13 5:52 PM

Thanks Laura - that was really helpful. Your comments will help me evaluate the fit after I sew this next version.

I wish I had thought to buy a lot of yardage of the same fabric. I made this first top of RPL knit and next up is some ITY. I should probably get more RPL (trying to just work on one variable at a time).

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