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Posted on:3/17/04 7:55 PM

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mClones said... (4/25/04 8:00 PM) Reply
Thanks so much for the review, Renee, and for asking the fit question. Those are exactly my top fit issues as well and I benefitted greatly from your question and Sherril's answers.
Sherril Miller said... (3/18/04 6:23 PM) Reply
Renee, I just wanted to add that it looks like you will probably also need a sway-back tuck. Please read FFRP all the way through, kind of like a novel before you use it. Many alterations affect other changes so you need to understand how they work together. For example, when you do the petite adjustment above the bust to reduce the armscye, you will then need to lower the dart. It looks already like your dart is kind of high and this adjustment will only move it higher! Or, when you shorten the sleeve cap to make it fit into the reduced armsyce, you may need to lengthen the sleeve as you are making the entire sleeve shorter.
AnneM said... (3/18/04 7:58 AM) Reply
I can't help you much with the fitting issues, although I would agree that the size is generally correct and Sherril seems right one. I have the same type of pull problems when I raise my arm, although for a completely different reason (I'm an AA cup, but I have a wide back, I think). I find FFRP a bit overwhelming; I haven't dove into it in detail yet.
SouthernStitch said... (3/17/04 11:10 PM) Reply
I think Sherril hit the nail on the head. I use Kwik Sew patterns alot and the armscye is always too long there too. It does feel like the sleeves are on backwards if that's the case. Otherwise, the sewing of the top looks great!
ReneeO said... (3/17/04 9:03 PM) Reply
WOW Sherril, your fast! Thank you for taking the time to comment. I knew something was wierd about the armholes but really wasn't sure what it was. Your right I am a D cup not a B. I thought those lines running from my boobs were a bit much LOL. Looks like I have some reading to do. And now I have a perfectly valid excuse to head to Barnes and Noble hehehe Thanks again!
Sherril Miller said... (3/17/04 8:42 PM) Reply
Here are my thoughts for the 2 cents their worth. It looks like your bust is larger than the B-cup that patterns are designed for. You need to do a full-bust adjustment. The sleeve problem is probably due to the fact that the armholes are too large, therefore too low. You will need to shorten the pattern above the bust to bring them up. Then you will have to also shorten the sleeve cap the same amount so the sleeve will still fit into the hole. It doesn't seem that the sleeve band is too small, it's just that the sleeve is too low and therefore pulling. I suggest you use FFRP's method of enlarging a dart instead of fastfit's method. While I have both books, I find FFRP infinitely more useful. (That's Fit For Real People by Palmer and Alto).
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