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Altering a sewn garment

sewitfits | Posted in Fitting on

Hi everyone,

Have not visited for a while but I have been sewing!  Also I have been trying to read your discussions when I have time.  I really need some help with a garment that I evidently made slightly too big.  It is a blouse that wraps and ties to the side (Vogue 7876).  This pattern is very easy but because I have not mastered my fit, it is slightly too big in the shoulder, bust and possibly underarm area.  I should have made it a size 10 but used a size 12.  Long story as to why but I seem to be having trouble deciding which size I should use.

Anyway, I have taken in the facings and shoulder seams about 1/2 inch and in an attempt to keep from removing the sleeves (they are trimmed and finished) I merged the seam back into the original seam.  After trying on the blouse, that did the trick in the shoulder and bust area but I’m thinking I should now remove the sleeves and do something but I don’t know what.

Any suggestions?  Note:  The fabric is a microsuede so I am being very careful not to put any unnecessary needle holes in it.


Sewitfits (sometimes)


  1. Teaf5 | | #1

    Have you considered adding shoulder pads?  Not the big 1980s ones, but subtle shoulder pads can make a slightly oversized dress look fantastic; the slight padding adds structure from which the bigger dress can drape very effectively, and can solve a lot of problems with slightly-too-big sleeves as well.

    1. sewitfits | | #2

      Yes I have considered using maybe 1/4 inch.  The blouse is supposed to be close fitting and I think that since I altered it the way I did, that putting shoulder pads in would help make the top of the sleeves look smooth.

      Thanks for your advice. 


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