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Posted on: 2/12/10 9:13 AM
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I made a button down blouse and couldn't find buttons of the appropriate size for it. The ones that were the correct colour were just too small.

Also, fitted blouses often gap immodestly when you're not 'posing just so'..... sigh

Fixed two problems at once by buying the smaller buttons. The blouse called for 5 buttons, so I bought 10 and spaced them in twos.

I measured where the buttons should go, and placed one small button half an inch or so above that space, and another one half an inch or so below the regular button placement.

I put it on, pinned it to see how it 'stood' and it was better than using regular buttons.

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RSadams said... (3/31/10 12:02 PM) Reply
Longarm, dou you have any sites or suggestions for making such alterations? My daughter has scoli. She's 19, has a 12 degree angle, and for many years wore only baggy clothes and jackets. Now she is really beginning to embrace pretty clothes and it is sad to see her excited to try something pretty on, and disappointment when a garment doesn't "fit right". She has a lovely slim hourglass figure, but a small rounding on her shoulders. How can I compensate for this?
Longarm said... (2/16/10 6:16 PM) Reply
I blame all this kind of stuff (in my case) on the fact that I have scoliosis -sway back and general lousy posture. Is your posture the reason in your case, do you think? There are adjustments to the pattern that can be made for the ways in which the spine is not aligned in the perfect way, and that really makes clothes fit and hang better.
katie lynne said... (2/13/10 4:40 PM) Reply
This sounds like a fun design element!
elsew said... (2/13/10 8:32 AM) Reply
....and it added a very nice design element also...great little hint!
paulakiss said... (2/13/10 0:44 AM) Reply
I have that problem with shirts. Thanks for the idea!
Leu said... (2/12/10 4:11 PM) Reply
Thanks for the tip!
Teeavilnor said... (2/12/10 11:44 AM) Reply
any photos?
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