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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Simplicity 2174 - Making Waist Adjustments after Sewing Completed ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Simplicity 2174 - Making Waist Adjustments after Sewing Completed
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Date: 9/15/13 2:12 PM

I am trying to finish Simplicity 2174, view C. I had sewn view A in a class this summer, so I was already familiar with the adjustments that I needed (starting on a size 12 in the bodice and tapering to a size 14 in the skirt). Therefore, I ignored most of the fitting tips for the most part (although I did take in the hips a bit because there seemed to be a bit more ease in that area for this particular view).

The problem that I'm having is that the waist seems to be a bit too big. Now that it's all sewn together, what options do I have for making adjustments at the waist?

Thanks.

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Date: 9/15/13 2:19 PM

Isn't that annoying. And the fabric you use can change fit a little. You probably don't want to hear this, but I would rip out the seams and take them in a little. You might get by with doing only the side seams if it is not much. But princess seams give you lots of opportunity to take a little at each seam.

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Date: 9/15/13 2:57 PM

I would just unpick the waist seam at both side seams for at least maybe 6 inches or so. Then you can take in the bodice side seams, and even the skirt side seams. Then sew it back up. At least that way, you do not need to get into or mess around with the back zipper or any of those princess seams at all.

But also, "a little bit too big" is kind of very subject to iffyness. A lot of people might even just leave it. I think there is such a thing as being to much of a perfectionist too. Would that same "little too big" bother you if you had just bought it already made up in the stores and would you have bothered to alter it then? If not, maybe just leave it?

Other things that are not really the "right sewing way" but are still perfectly fine and good to do, if you are a not a perfectionist, might be to just stick some belt loops on it, and wear it with a belt? Or take a strong thick piece of elastic, make and sew it onto the back side of the waist seam to bring it in a bit, if it would not feel too "bunchy" to wear it that way? Or if it was really very soft and bendable and fabric, maybe you could just make some fold over tucks in the waist seam, right over all that fabric and seams there and just even hand tack them down? So, actually I think whatever works is just fine, just sort of up to how much work and effort you want to do to something each time.

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Date: 9/15/13 9:12 PM

Depending on your fabric, try hand basting any adjustments before you start ripping seams.

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Date: 9/16/13 6:36 AM

It might be that you run from one solution to another problem, Eg the hem could subsequently Ned. Adjustments, and so on.

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Date: 9/17/13 11:11 PM

Thanks for the tip for hand basting. Think I'll try that.

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