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How do you make a sway back adjustment?
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Ariane
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Date: 10/27/03 9:15 PM

I was reading the topic about fitting t-shirts, and I realized that I think I need a sway back adjustment on Burda 3197. How do you do that? From what I gather, one way to do it is to make a CB seam, but I don't really like CB seams on t-shirts. Is there any other way to do it?

Thanks!
Ariane

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Date: 10/30/03 6:38 AM

Hi Ariane!  :smile:
From what I gather by looking in my Fit for Real People, you do not have to make a CB seam. I hope I can explain this ok.
You need to divide the back pattern piece into 4, drawing a line down the CB and a horizontal line across the back a couple of inches below the armscye. (no formula is given for this, I'm just going on what I can see from the sketch)
Now you cut on these lines, but NOT all the way to the edge, you need to leave a little hinge at each point where the line meets the edge of the pattern.
Now, take the CB line and spread it slightly, so that the top pieces overlap the bottom pieces on the horizontal line you cut. The CB line should now look like a very long skinny diamond shape. Then just fill in that area w/ tissue.

I hope that helps! Maybe I could come up to Montreal fabric shopping and bring you my FFRP ;)
Alas, I spent all my money (and then some) on my new machine.

~Renee

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Date: 11/4/03 7:52 PM

Hi Renee! :smile:

Thanks for the answer! So, hmm, interesting, you remove some fabric in the length but add some in the width? I guess it will be easier to understand how it works when I try it on an actual pattern.

You're welcome here anytime! You could also bring your new machine and forget it at my place, I wouldn't mind! :D

Thanks again!
Ariane

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Date: 11/17/03 12:07 PM

Fitting a t-shirt for a sway back? I've always understood that the only fitting issues for a sway back were with pants and skirts.  It's one of the things that causes horizontal wrinkles right below the waistband.

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Date: 11/19/03 2:35 PM

Yup, but a tee shirt or any shirt that falls below the high hip will show swayback wrinkles just the same.  The issue is there is too much length on the CB seam.  BTW, I used FFRP and make a small horizontal dart above the waist from the CB tapering to nothing at the side seam.  Works for me!

--Katharine, CB-seam free

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Date: 11/22/03 2:31 PM

oh, wow!  Now I'm going to have to get out the rear-view mirror and see what's happening with my t-shirts. I never noticed before.  Maybe it's because I wear my t-shirts fairly loose since I also have stooped shoulders.  Not a pretty picture in a tight t-shirt. Now this horizontal dart... you make it on the pattern, right?  Is there a way to remove the CB seam and still get it to fit across the back neckline without using back neck darts? Those little a little strange on a tee.

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Date: 11/22/03 10:08 PM

I make sway back adjustments on all my tops, otherwise I have lots of extra fabric in the small of my back.  I prefer to take the sway-back tuck and add a CB seam so that I can fine-tune the fit.  Cutting it on the fold, for my figure at least, didn't quite do the job.  Of course, I have a rounded derriere to compound the problem!  I would try it on the fold though, it might work for you.

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Date: 4/1/12 7:19 PM

Adding future search term.

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