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Bodice shift to the back
All my tops slide backward at the neckline and I feel like I am choking.
LinnaJean
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Date: 8/7/11 1:55 PM

Every top, blouse, or sweater I own, whether store bought or hand made slide to the back. This leaves me constantly pulling the top back down in the front and leaves me feeling choked. What is causing this and how can it be fixed?
I have some really nice material that I bought to make tops for work, but I don't want to cut into it fit the top is going to do what all my other tops do. It is very frustrating and irritating.
Is there anyone out there with suggesting on fixing this problem?

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Date: 8/7/11 2:07 PM

It sounds like you need a forward shoulder adjustment. This is *very* common, particularly as we age. The Pati Palmer book has a great description on how to fix this, but there may be online tutorials as well.

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Date: 8/7/11 5:07 PM

Have someone take a picture of you in profile. If your shoulders are forward it will show. A sloped shoulder adjustment frequently goes along with this fix.

Nancy's Pivot and Slide is the method I use for both of the issues. I like this technique because it also adjusts the little gap on the lower front of the armscythe that is also common to a forward sloping shoulder. These are simple fixes that make a world of difference in fit and comfort.

You should also check your bust fit. If the top rides up over your bust it will cause the choking feeling, too.

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Date: 8/8/11 4:48 PM

I have this problem. Solved by doing a round back adjustment.

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Date: 8/8/11 8:01 PM

Louise Cutting corrects this by basically tipping the neck opening forward. She might have something on the Threads website about it but, if she does, I can't find it. You raise the back neck 1/2 inch at the center back and redraw the neckline so that the new and old seamlines meet at the shoulder. Then you drop the center front neck seamline the same amount (1/2 inch) and redraw the seamlines so that they meet the original seam line at the shoulder. The size of the neck opening doesn't change so the collar doesn't need to be changed at all; it still fits into the neckline.

This works well if you don't need as much of an adjustment as you get with changes for a round back or forward shoulder. The only thing that moves is the neck opening, nothing else changes. It sounds more complicated than it actually is. It's a very simple change to make.

eta: This corrects for carrying the head and neck slightly forward - think too much computer time, wrong glasses, etc.
-- Edited on 8/8/11 8:04 PM --

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Date: 8/8/11 11:36 PM

here's a link to the article that helped me. It's a matter for me of both a forward shoulder and a forward neck. scroll down to the sentence that starts:

"Here's how I would alter for Mrs. X's forward neck & shoulder."
Here's the link:

http://luckylibbet.blogspot.com/

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Date: 8/11/11 8:41 AM

Thank you for posting this question, it is exactly the problem I came here to look for help about.

I always blamed my large bust, but it looks like the problem is my shoulders and neck

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Date: 9/4/11 8:01 PM

Thanks to all of your who took the time to post a reply to my question on the slipping neckline of my tops. I am now ready to look into the suggestions and try them on a top that has been sitting pinned to the material for several months.

LinnaJean
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Date: 9/4/11 8:07 PM

I tried the address at the bottom of your reply to my questions and was unable to get any where. Please explain how I can access your blog. I am really new at this message board and blog stuff. I am anxious to try your method on the top pattern that currently pinned to material and has been for many months.

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Date: 9/4/11 9:18 PM

Try to copy & paste the address into address bar. That should get you to the link.

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