Fix Shoulder Width and Sleeve Length in One Alteration
This article from Threads #176 (Dec. 2014/Jan. 2015) by Threads contributor Joyce Simons Murphy details how to properly adjust the fit of a blouse that has shoulders which are too wide.
The secret to looking and feeling like an alterations pro is to take the time to identify problems and apply the correct solutions. Sleeves and shoulders are tricky when it comes to diagnosing their true problems.
Cutting off too-long sleeves at the cuffs, when the real problem is the shoulder width, results in sleeves losing all proportion. If a blouse is too wide at the shoulders, the correct path is to narrow the shoulders before altering the sleeve length. While pin-fitting the shoulders, the sleeve length often magically corrects itself, and nothing more is needed.
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