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What causes my top to tighten and seem small when I reach out or up?
plumfan
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Date: 1/30/13 6:14 PM

This is cross posted on the beginner's forum, but it might fit better here so I am reposting.

I'm taking Plus-size pattern fitting on Craftsy and couldn't wait for the Vogue pattern to come. So, I started with a tunic top from Simplicity.

I cut it out, made the adjustments etc. Overall it's not bad, but the armholes feel too small when I bring my arms forward. While I feel the tightness at the back of the armscye I wondered if I was a little to eager with the chopping during fitting, or if I should have added some width to the back.

So I guess the short question is, what is this telling me about the fit of my garment? Do I need a broad back adjustment or something else?

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Date: 1/31/13 0:29 AM

If you paid for the Craftsy class, why don't you post your question on that board too. It can't hurt.

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Date: 1/31/13 11:57 PM

Hi Plumfan, If you either put a pic or a link to an online pic in a post we can see where the wrinkles are, and you may be able to get more help and some input on the right adjustment.

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Date: 2/1/13 4:43 AM

Hi Plumfan- Welcome to PR!
I enrolled in the Craftsy class with Barb. She was great anwering my questions. She went into altering quite a few things besides just the pattern that comes with the class so if you post it in a general way I am sure other Crafty classmates will benefit from her answer.

But your post on PR is related to a pattern that is not being taught by the Craftsy Class so you did fine to post it here.

For questions like this, it really helps us if you can post a link to the pattern number and upload a picture of what the garment problem looks like either on you or on a dressform.

It could be an armhole circumference issue, a broad back issue, a back length issue, a rounded back issue, a forward shoulder issue or a pattern ease issue.
Seeing a picture of the stress folds gives us an idea of what might correct it.

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Date: 2/1/13 6:49 AM

I also have this problem with wovens and don't know what my expectation should be concerning reaching forward before the back pulls. It does seem like I should be able to drive without too much pull. Looking forward to seeing some answers.

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Date: 2/1/13 7:34 PM

I was googling your problem and found this guide that may help you.

http://ufdc.ufl.edu/IR00000338/00001/1j

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Date: 2/1/13 10:53 PM

Wow! At a glance that looks like it may be a great resource.

I will try to wrangle the husband into taking a picture or two tomorrow.

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2014 Items finished for me - 12
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Date: 2/3/13 5:07 AM

Some of us have learned how to juggle the camera with a mirror. You have to adjust yourself to where the mirror picks up the problem and snap it over your shoulder for a back view. Keep the other arm relaxed at your side so we can compare. And if you have fold lines try to make sure they are visible. Hang in there!

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Date: 2/3/13 5:17 AM

Hi KathySews. I know what you mean about driving and that back pull! One thing that helped me is to find patterns with a back yoke when I am using a woven. It fits my shoulders yet gives me freedom of movement around the arms.
Using woven fabrics that are combined with spandex can also make reaching a lot more comfortable.

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Date: 2/3/13 10:11 AM

What a comprehensive resource! Every bit as useful as any basic sewing book I've ever seen. I just saved it to my Tips & Tutorials notebook on Evernote. Thanks a bunch!

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