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Posted on: 4/22/04 3:19 PM
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Some of you who have the forward shoulder problem probably remember me giving instructions for adjusting the sleeve by making two vertical slashes in the pattern to add length to the back half and reduce length in the front half. A wee bit time consuming but so worth it in the final fit.

Well, the other night I was lying in bed and Eureka! I got a new idea for adjusting the sleeve that is soooo much easier. First, draw a horizontal line across the cap just under the notches, perpendicular to the grainline. Make a hash mark through the line you've just drawn directly beneath the shoulder notch (this will help you see how much to slide the cap over). Cut off the cap then slide it toward the front the amount of your shoulder adjustment. Tape into place. Add additional tissue to the back. Now true up the front and back, redraw your front/back notches and there you have it. Same end result with a lot less work.

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sew42mom said... (2/20/10 2:58 PM) Reply
Thank you so much!
Michele Lommasson said... (1/17/10 2:25 PM) Reply
Great idea. Thanks.
zahra13542003 said... (4/12/06 7:40 AM) Reply
hi im verry happy to join this site i wanna know where can i find a site that have the pattern draft? plz help me thanx
coool said... (9/22/05 7:58 PM) Reply
Hi Gigi, Good day! I am still a little confused here. Would appreciate more if you could kindly explain a little more on the part "Cut off the cap". Where and which part should I cut? Cut the horizontal line that I had drawn? Do I also need to adjust the bodice part? I'm sorry. I have FS problem and am dying to get it right but not sure how to go about doing it. Thanks in advance. Coool
meanjean said... (7/6/05 11:41 PM) Reply
I just saw a reference to this tip in one of the forums. Fantastic! I wish I had read this last week before I spent hours pulling my hair out and stumbling onto the shape you so succinctly describe. I will definitely be using this tip in the future.
Miss Fairchild said... (5/21/05 6:40 PM) Reply
Excellent tip! I can visualize this quickly and it seems so very easy!
PVA said... (1/15/05 10:31 AM) Reply
Gigi, thanks so much for this tip! I'm just starting into the work for the jacket class with Shannon Gifford & *really needed* this additional "detail" for the FSA! I'm really trailing along behind the pack for this class, but I'm determined to "get it right"! Thanks again. (8^D) Pat
natural blue said... (1/9/05 5:55 PM) Reply
Beth, Yes you would alter the bodice for the FSA. This tip refers specifically to the alteration that is needed for the sleeve when doing a forward shoulder adjustment.
Miss Fairchild said... (11/4/04 7:05 AM) Reply
Don't you also have to change the bodice? I'm sorry, but I'm a little confused, as I've been changing the bodice for this problem for a long time. I first make a horizontal cut in the armhole, near the first notch, to the middle of the shoulder seam. Then cut the shoulder seam down to the horizontal cut. This gives me a "block" I can move up or down--up for the front; down for the back. Then I move the notches on my sleeve to accommodate any adjustment to the bodice. But I really love your idea of cutting the cap off; that's great! And soo much easier!
Loreli said... (4/25/04 12:38 PM) Reply
Super tip Gigi, thanks.
Elley said... (4/23/04 12:40 PM) Reply
Wow! Great tip! This will be much faster and easier. Gigi, you are the greatest!
SewVeryTall said... (4/23/04 8:37 AM) Reply
Gigi-great tip, don't ya just love those eureka ideas, lol. Say, the message board isn't working for me, so I'll tell you here where I know you'll see it...I had to leave 3 replies for you under the 'fabric bowls, sewing' tip. Apparently there's a size limit on comments.
Danvillegirl said... (4/23/04 6:01 AM) Reply
Great tip. I make this FSA but honestly don't adjust the sleeve pattern. Thus my underarm seams don't always line up exactly. No one really sees this but my dry cleaner and me, but it always betters my perfectionist leanings. So this tip really makes sense and easy to do. Thanks!!
Stitchology said... (4/22/04 8:58 PM) Reply
Gigi you are a genius.
Gigi Louis said... (4/22/04 3:27 PM) Reply
Yes, Deepika, that's right. I am so pleased to have discovered this easy method - anything to reduce the time it takes to make alterations. :-)
Deepika said... (4/22/04 3:24 PM) Reply
Thanks for this tip Gigi. I definitely need this and the only reason I've not been doing FSA is because of the laziness in doing the sleeve. I have a question though. After sliding the cap and taping it in place, I'll need to redraw the front and back cap right?
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