Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



Message Board > Beginner's Forum > armholes too tight ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
armholes too tight
Colette Sorbetto pattern top
ninacrum
ninacrum
Beginner
PA
Member since 1/3/13
Posts: 47
Login to reply to this post

Date: 4/4/13 3:39 PM

I sewed up everything but the arm and neck finishing on a Colette Sorbetto top, and tried it on. The armholes feel tight.

The side seams had not precisely lined up at the arm opening. I think because I did the bust darts slightly wrong (but they look ok and the fit is ok). So those mistakes probably led to this smaller arm hole. Or maybe I'm super buff. I don't want to redo the darts.

Can I cut the armholes bigger? And if so, how would you recommend I do that?

Would it make sense to trim out a little crescent-y shape, under the arm, starting from the side seam? Not sure that makes sense as I described it. Thanks in advance!
-- Edited on 4/4/13 3:40 PM --

JillyBe
starstarstar
JillyBe
Intermediate
CA USA
Member since 1/20/10
Posts: 3195
Login to reply to this post

Date: 4/4/13 3:46 PM

I'm assuming you've tried it on before adding the binding? Don't forget that you'll trim a little bit off when you add the binding. Would this be enough to take care of the tightness?

If not, then trimming a crescent off where it feels the tightest should be just fine, assuming the fit everywhere else is good.

I love this top - one of the best freebies out there, imho! :)

------
http://jillybejoyful.blogspot.com/
a blog about creativity, sewing, vintage sewing machines, and...... life :)

ninacrum
ninacrum
Beginner
PA
Member since 1/3/13
Posts: 47
Login to reply to this post

In reply to JillyBe <<


Date: 4/4/13 3:54 PM

Thanks! Yes, I tried it on before the binding. I didn't know the binding would trim some, too. I'll check before I cut. This is actually the first top I've ever made. :)

The fit everywhere else seems good. I cut it much longer than indicated, based on reviews here. I think I'd prefer the neckline a bit lower, but it fits as-is. I might try to trim it down a bit too, if I can do it without wrecking the pleat.

Thanks for your help!

LauraTS
star
LauraTS  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
CA USA
Member since 7/10/06
Posts: 2152
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 1 member likes this.
Date: 4/4/13 4:09 PM

Are you tall? If you are taller than average, or just have a long torso, you might need to lengthen it not just at the bottom but higher in the bodice. I regularly lengthen tops through the armholes which makes them fit my upper arms better too.

It could also be that the dart takeup threw it off a bit, or you just have buff arms. :)

Sandra Betzina talks about this alteration in Fast Fit, if you happen to have access to it.

------
I've moved! Visit my new sewing blog at http://chiralcraft.wordpress.com

Do you sew from KnipMode? Join us at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/knipmode_english/

ninacrum
ninacrum
Beginner
PA
Member since 1/3/13
Posts: 47
Login to reply to this post

In reply to LauraTS <<


Date: 4/4/13 9:27 PM

Thanks LauraTS-- I'm not tall but you may be right about a longer torso. I'll keep an eye out for that in the next thing I make.

I'm having a hard time judging the sizes of things in woven fabric. I pretty much only wear stretchy things, so the woven pieces look Huge to me. I thought for sure I'd be swimming in this top. Joke's on me and my buff arms.

JTink
star
JTink
Intermediate
VA USA
Member since 4/20/08
Posts: 5722
Login to reply to this post

Date: 4/5/13 9:03 AM

I just checked some of the reviews for this top and I know at least one other poster had problems with the armholes being too tight. I just printed off this pattern. Couldn't believe a simple top was 25 pages

Nancy K
starstarstar
Nancy K
Advanced
NY USA
Member since 12/28/04
Posts: 8078
Login to reply to this post

In reply to ninacrum <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


Date: 4/5/13 8:20 PM

Lower it a 1/4" at a time and try it on. If it calls for trimming the sas, do it before lowering the armhole. If it's a binding that gets sewn and turned to the inside than you won't be trimming the sas off. Before you trim anything make sure you know where it is tight. I have forward shoulders and I need to make the armhole larger at the front, not the underarm.

------
www.nancyksews.blogspot.com

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Beginner's Forum >> armholes too tight

Merchants on PR
Gwyn Hug
Fabric Shopping Help!
Deals!
Lanetzliving Vintage Sewing Patterns
Vintage Sewing Patterns
Deals!
Style Arc sewing dress patterns
Patterns That Fit
Web site
Victoria Jones Collection
Timeless Hawaiian styles
Web site
So Vintage Patterns
Thank You for Joining!
Deals!

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Altering Pants
Fee: $19.99
(Regular $59.00)
Altering Pants

Online Sewing Classes
Fun with Fitting - BODICE w Darts
Fee: $39.99
(Regular $39.99)
Fun with Fitting - BODICE w Darts

Simplicity 4272
photo
Review by JanetSun on 11/1/07
Read Review

Blank Slate Pocket PJs Digital Pattern
Blank Slate Pocket PJs Digital Pattern

Details
Price: $7.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Peek-A Boo Flip Flops Digital Pattern ( Size 0 mo -18 mo )
Peek-A Boo Flip Flops Digital Pattern ( Size 0 mo -18 mo )

Details
Price: $3.99
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Butterick 5036
photo
Review by halleyscom... on 8/30/08
Read Review

Petite Plus 603 Pattern
Petite Plus 603 Pattern

Details
Price: $21.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

SewBaby One Piece Reversible Sundress Pattern
SewBaby One Piece Reversible Sundress Pattern

Details
Price: $8.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Burda 7181 Pattern
Burda 7181 Pattern

Details
Price: $9.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

McCalls 6819 Pattern ( Size 6-8-10-12-14 )
McCalls 6819 Pattern ( Size 6-8-10-12-14 )

Details
Price: $18.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN