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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Jersey top fitting ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Jersey top fitting
fitting a top for my Mum
Melj26
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Date: 3/29/09 4:19 PM

Hi there,

I've made a trial run top for my Mum in Australia and she's sent pics how it does and doesn't fit but I don't know where to start. I'd like to make the adjustments on the pattern and send down another trial.
Any suggestions??? Thankyou :-)

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Date: 3/29/09 4:20 PM

It looks like her bust point is lower than the pattern. You might need to do a slight FBA after you change the bp.

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Date: 3/29/09 5:33 PM

Jeez, I hate to say this...your mother is gorgeous with a lovely slim figure...but she needs a better bra. Once the bust is lifted, the fit will already be better.

Her shoulders are tinier than the pattern also.

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Date: 3/29/09 8:54 PM

Also, her shoulders are farther forward than the pattern. The sleeve cap might need to be moved forward. Here's a tip on that:
http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/sewingclasses/board.pl?t=9424

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Date: 3/30/09 1:53 AM

Having not seen the pattern, it looks to me like there are no darts, gathers or any other mechanism to accommodate your Mum's nice figure (let alone any anticipation of a bosom!). This is a common problem with patterns for knits for anyone with a figure. At the same time, the shoulder seams are well below her shoulder point. That alone will destroy the fit and that explains at least part of those diagonal wrinkles. The shoulder seam is stretched over her bicep. It's hard to tell what's going on in the back but it looks like a wad of fabric has collected right behind her upper arm.

I am just finishing a knit top, with darts, for a friend:

Vogue 8151

But I am not pleased with the result. Though my knit had ample stretch pursuant to the envelope, it appears to have been too minimal. I think a stretchier knit (maybe a rib knit or jersey) would have been far better. The shoulder seams on this pattern are much better placed (narrower) due to the darts. I did have to lower the BP as my friend is quite tall. I just don't feel I'm ready to give a full review yet, but many others here have reviewed this pattern and had solid success. I think I need to give it another try with a stretchier knit. And maybe this is a pattern you might look at.

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Date: 3/30/09 7:53 AM

thanks guys so much for the help :-) !!!

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Date: 4/1/09 2:51 PM

I would tend agree with Idunna. With the right bra the fit would be very different. I had an epiphany when I went to be properly fitted a few years ago now, I hadn't realised how far out I was...(I had to go down several back sizes and up several cup sizes as they are inversely proportioned). I've found in my sewing that it's crucial to have a well fitting bra before even considering possible alterations as the wrong bra can seriously skew the fit.

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Date: 4/2/09 0:21 AM

I'm just curious... how you can tell from that picture that her bra does not fit well?

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Date: 4/2/09 2:36 AM

I was told by a bra-fitter that the bust point should be level with the mid-point of your upper arm. Hers is low, & therefore a bra that lifts & provides more support will create the 'correct' line that clothes are designed for.
Sometimes we change the pattern to suit our bodies, sometimes we can change our shape with undergarments.
Mel

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Date: 4/2/09 3:28 AM

The right fitting bra lifts the bust higher. It's certainly what happened to me. There's a handy guide on Bravissimo.com (I got fitted in one of their shops a few years ago) that shows this. In this picture, you can see if you look carefully on the "before" shot that there are pulling marks around the shoulder area (it's a bit difficult to see given the top is beige). The wrinkles under the arm are still there afterwards, but that's unavoidable (as far as I know) if you don't have any darting. This picture also shows the lift obtained with the right fit.

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