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FloraNature

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Date: 4/17/11 8:30 AM

Yesterday I had a eureka moment, when I was fitting my bodice sloper.

I was updating the sloper, and had taken measurements from my left side only (as per instructions), and it fitted very well aside from some gaping behind my right shoulder.

I took myself down from the upstairs sewing room (with it's little mirror) to my full length mirror in the bedroom. To my initial horror, the bedhead behind me was making a horizontal line level with my shoulders, and I could clearly see that my right shoulder was dipping farther down than my left shoulder.

I knew that I have forward shoulders, but *uneven* forward shoulders - this was news to me!

I took off the sloper and sewed a quarter inch adjustment into the shoulder seam from my right shoulder point tapering to nothing at the neckline (1/4" front and back = 1/2" in total).

When I tried the sloper on again, it fitted perfectly at the shoulder!

The underarm seam now needed lowering a corresponding 1/4" to compensate for the amount taken up at the shoulders.

I cut out the armscye and lowered the whole thing a 1/4" and redrew the shoulder seam and side seam. This preserved the shape of the sleeve.

This was a fantastic moment, as I was never happy with the fit of my tops!

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Date: 4/17/11 8:39 AM

Sounds like you have my same problem; one shoulder rolls more forward than the other and they both are sloped. I have a shoulder blade "bump" on my right side, so that creates some ''hills'' over my back shoulder.

Glad you were able to work this out, and so soon! It took me a while, and a duct tape double to see this on me.

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Date: 4/17/11 2:27 PM

I have a similar problem. My should is lower on the right side. The neckline is lower on that side as well. In fact the whole right side of my body is a little lower and shorter than the left (about 1/2 inch). I think those are things people never really notice until you start sewing. I am in the process of making a sloper from the Sure-fit patterns. The left front side fit very well because that is the side I took the measurements from. Everything else needs adjustment.

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