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Shirtdress bodice fitting issue
Can this bodice be salvaged or should I cut out a larger size?
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Date: 4/8/14 10:11 PM

The shoulder/arm area is way too tight. What does it need? I need your advice.

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Date: 4/8/14 10:44 PM

How about a gusset under the arm? If that isn't sufficient, then how about a dramatic elongated gusset that starts under the arm and ends just at or just above the waist: arrow sharp and defined with top stitching.
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Or, something in between but, again, accented to make it part of the design. For something longer than a typical underarm gusset, but shorter than a near full length spear, you could start with a v insert under the arm with the same degree of open angle as the little v at the neckline. The mimicked angle could be enough to tie it in. If it needs to be more, this insert could have multiple rows of top stitching, or it could be horizontally pin tucked.

If you went with multiple rows of top stitching in the v insert you could also take advantage of that detail to leave an open v at the top of the insert - right under the arm - this would allow you to relieve the bunching while adding the minimum amount of fabric.
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Date: 4/9/14 6:53 AM

I'm not sure if a gusset would take care of the tightness at the back/shoulder area.
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Date: 4/9/14 7:31 AM

If the bodice is too tight a sleeve gusset won't fix it, but the armhole shape looks odd on your dummy.
Try to determine specifically what is happening. Is the cross back or cross front too small or is the the bodice cicumference too small overall or is the shoulder slope wrong.
You could compare to another pattern that you know fits.

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