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Date: 10/27/13 2:55 PM

I'm pin fitting my muslin for Simplicity 3750, and it seems like I need to take a C[enter] B[ack] seam [allowance] of between 1" (at the top) and 1.5" at the bottom in order to get my best fit. I'm uncertain, however, if taking that big a seam is OK. Thoughts?

The rest of the top is fitting pretty well, but I suspect that I could have gotten away with doing a size smaller . . .
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Date: 10/27/13 3:38 PM

Assuming CB means "center back", I don't see any reason why you couldn't make the seam allowance (again, I'm assuming you mean seam allowance of that much to make it fit properly)??

You can always cut the seam once you've confirmed it fits properly.

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Date: 10/27/13 3:40 PM

Yes, center back seam allowance. Thank you.

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Date: 10/28/13 8:11 AM

I do this all the time. Depending on how the fabric sits at the neck and shoulders I regularly add darts at the top, or increase them if they're used in the pattern. You can also lose some of the fabric at the side seams, or by adding waist darts if it doesn't hang right taking it all out of the CB. To do that, you would take the inch out all the way down, then 1/4 at each side seam at the waist, or by adding darts. I really like the fit of dresses that are darted at the back, but that's just me.

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Date: 10/28/13 8:17 AM

Sorry, to clarify, the point I was trying to make is that it can be better to split up where you are losing the fabric.

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Date: 10/28/13 9:34 AM

The general rule is to try and avoid taking in the cb at the neckline since you have to also adjust the facings. The other issue is that your shoulders then become skewed. Try and always divide evenly among your seams the amount you need to remove or add since this leads to a better, more balanced fit. How about a smaller size? If you have gaping at the neckline you are better off solving your fitting problem and then repeat the alteration every time you make a dress, blouse or jacket. The gaping is usually caused by a rounded upper back or a forward neck.
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