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Date: 3/18/14 1:00 PM

This Quik Sew camisole would be really useful if I could get it to fit me, but I'm having issues with the underarm width--the sides gape out under the arms and back is loose. The back seems to be pretty easily fixable by taking out a wedge at the middle, but the front still has the underarm issue, and I'm not sure how to fix in the next version (pretty sure this version will end up being a muslin). Here's a pic (with the back altered already) with the front unaltered.

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I tried taking in the side seams, but that made it pull across the bust. What seems to work best is if I pinch out some fabric directly to the arm side of either strap, like this:

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This makes it hang more like this:

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I'm stumped about how to make this alteration in practice, though--just fold the pattern the same way I folded over the garment and redraw the neckline? Is there any better way to do this?
-- Edited on 3/18/14 1:02 PM --
-- Edited on 3/18/14 1:10 PM --

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Date: 3/18/14 1:24 PM

and sorry to subject you to those photos...

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Date: 3/18/14 2:15 PM

The lessen the amount of pattern pieces the more difficult the fit. What is your cupsizes? I think that you can make a better cami with a bustdart to the Side or gathers in the front sideseam or princess seams. If you want to save this one gathers or elastic will be an option.

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Date: 3/18/14 4:03 PM

The gapping is caused by a too small cup size. You need a FBA.

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Date: 3/18/14 4:20 PM

Have you ever used clear elastic to gather or stabilize the neckline or armseye? If the amount of the excess is not too much this may work better than tucks and darts.

If you have more of this fabric and it is what you want for your cami, then use is one as your muslin.....ripping and resewing may weaken the seam area, stretch the bias cuts or leave holes in the fabric.

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Date: 3/19/14 1:03 AM

I would respectfully disagree with those posters suggesting an FBA. It's hard to see in the black fabric but I am thinking the cami is too wide for you on the front, between the two bust points (rather than from the bust point to the side seams). Can you try pinning out some width at the CF and see if this fixed the problem, probably around 1-2cm. Take the adjustment evenly down the CF, even if it means you need to add a little extra on the side seams at the hips if it becomes too snug over the hips You might also try lifting the straps a little as it the armholes look a tiny bit low.

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Date: 3/19/14 6:07 AM

JenleeC is right, the straps are too far apart and too long for you.

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Date: 3/19/14 3:46 PM

thanks so much for the suggestions!

I had wondered about an FBA and hoped I could get away without having to do one--I'm somewhere between a B and C cup. I'll definitely try pinning out some fabric at the center front and shortening the straps, and see if that helps. I like the style of this cami, and I'd make a few of them if I could just get the fit right... But I agree that one with bust darts would probably be easier to fit, and I'll start looking for a pattern for one... any recommendations?

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