My fitting standards have been raised – I want that perfectly fitted sleeveless dress!
Can anyone coach me on a fool proof method for decreasing a pattern’s bust/cup size, dealing w/ forward thrust, and eliminating a gap at the upper section of the back armhole? I’m a nearly A cup size, petite -5′ 1′, and very small boned – 97#. I’ve been using a combination of size 6/8 patterns. Someone suggested that perhaps my chest frame is narrower than the pattern and I should special order a smaller size, yet my measurements are close to the size 8. I have altered the center front darts and the side seams to a fairly acceptable point. However, now I’ve got about 1 1/2″ gap at the back armhole. Should I pull up that excess into the shoulder seam, redraw the armhole opening with a dressmaker’s curve, and remake the armhole facings? I really would like to get an alteration procedure for my needs so that I’m not continually faced with these fitting challenges.
Help – I’m gotten myself so frustrated that I’m just about ready to quit sewing! Many thanks for your suggestions and input.