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svd1502
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Date: 10/4/11 6:14 PM

Hello all and thanks for looking. I am new to sewing, and I am currently learning to fit a pattern. I've made a top out of muslin and the front neckline is too high (it pretty much chokes me). Also, the bust darts are too high as well, so how do I fix this? The overall length of the top is fine, I don't want to change the hem allowance, so I'm thinking I don't need to slash and spread at the middle. I just don't know where else to make the length adjustments and maintain the intended silhouette of the pattern.
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Date: 10/4/11 6:45 PM

If you have Fit For Real People it would be a great help to you...it shows how to lower(or raise)a dart. You basically draw a box around the dart, then cut out the box(dart included)then move the entire box up or down(down in your case)the amount you need. Then fill in the space with paper and tape it down(hope this makes sense). This will move your dart without bothering the length of your top. If the neck is choking you, simply trim the muslin till it feels right and transfer this to your pattern. What pattern are you using?
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Date: 10/4/11 7:07 PM

if the neckline too high and bust dart too high as well then I would let out at front shoulder seams first ( if amount of adjustment is not too big ). It will lower the neck and bustline at the same time.

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Date: 10/5/11 3:47 PM

It could be a round back. Your top will steal length from the front and slide to the back. Your neckline will feel like it is choking you. Are the shoulder seams in the right place? Does the back neckline gap?

It is a good suggestion to get Fit for Real People.

Also, it would be good to post a photo incase we are off base.
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