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fruitofthewomb
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Date: 8/7/08 9:58 PM

I just made my first dress for myself. I love it. I am 28 weeks pregnant so it is very comfortable and I will use it one way or another. The neckline in the front and back is a bit wide. I might just fold the front over an inch or two and put a button there for a decorative look. I can tell it won't look bad. But, I thought I would consult with the pros here first and see what other ideas you may have. Thank you so much!

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Date: 8/7/08 10:06 PM

Is it big anywhere else? I'm wondering if you've made it a size too big? When you choose a size you want to be measuring the high bust area just under the armpits and choosing the pattern size which has a high bust measurement that matches. If the pattern only lists a full bust measurement, take the upper chest/high bust measurement and add 2"/5cm to it to get your pattern bust size.
If your full bust measurement is bigger than the full bust measurement on the pattern envelope, you then do a full bust adjustment. There are a lot of posts about this adjustment on this forum, it's not hard to to do.

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Date: 8/8/08 5:26 AM

That sounds like it could be a nice decorative effect. If the width is OK through the shoulders but it's just that the neck opening is larger than you want, you could also add a band or binding to the neckline area, using either extra of the same fabric or a matching fabric. A 3rd alternative is to do a few neckline darts, spread out along the neckline.

It's hard to say what might work without an idea of what type of finish you have on the neckline right now.

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Date: 8/8/08 6:49 AM

If you make it again, an easy fix is to just add a 1/2" or so to the neckline cutting line all the way around on the front and back pieces. This will make your neck opening smaller.

If everything fits great everywhere else, this could work for you. I have even done this on tailored jackets with multiple pieces to alter for a smaller neck opening. It's easy and it works like a charm.

But, yeah, what you have suggested sounds perfectly fine.
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Date: 8/8/08 12:32 PM

W/o knowing the design, is there anyway for you to remove the excess by taking some in at the shoulder seams? If so that might be the way to go, b/c it's not that difficult to do, you just have to taper/angle it properly so as to spread out the excess.

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Date: 8/9/08 10:42 AM

Hi ladies, thank you so much for your responses. Now at least I have some other things to consider. I'll have to be a little more specific... my problem is more shoulder to shoulder width. It's about 2" too wide. the sleeves are close to being off shoulder and shouldn't be. It's a very simple jumper dress with 2 pieces to the pattern. Maybe undoing a few inches of the seams under the arms and sewing in closer together might help. I'm not sure. But, for now I'm sitting on it and either today or tomorrow will try modifying it. Thank you for your suggestions and if you have any regarding the shoulder to shoulder width I'd appreciate it. Happy sewing!

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Date: 8/9/08 10:46 AM

Quote: fruitofthewomb
if you have any regarding the shoulder to shoulder width I'd appreciate it. Happy sewing!

For a finished dress, nothing that hasn't already been suggested.

But for the next one, it means you need to start with a smaller size so it fits the shoulders/neck area and then alter the bust, waist, and hips to fit you.

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Date: 8/9/08 11:15 AM

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If the pattern only lists a full bust measurement, take the upper chest/high bust measurement and add 2"/5cm to it to get your pattern bust size.

Is this how everyone does this? I haven't heard this before. I haven't been adding 2" to the high bust measurement. I've been actually taking the "use high bust measurement" thing more literally and starting with quite a bit smaller size for the neck/shoulder area -- my pre-middle-age normal pattern size, in fact, which is even slightly smaller than my high bust measurement. I'm only about 5'1" now (I've shrunk 1.5" in the last 20 years), so this seems to work, since most of my excess weight is in my midsection and upper arms. So far it's been working well -- lots of tapering out once I get past the neck and shoulders... ...but when I don't use that smaller size at the top I get gaping necklines and that (ha) so-fashionable "dropped shoulder" look. Hmm. Maybe everyone has to approach this slightly differently depending on their body type?


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