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Gapping on ready made dresses

Kathy1 | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I am having a problem with a gapping in the bodice of ready made clothes.

What is the best way to alter this problem?


  1. mimi | | #1

    Kathy:  is it gapping because it is too tight or because there isn't correct button placement?

    The first can be remedied by letting out a side seam (if there is enought material) or inserting a small godet under the arm.  Tricky!

    The second can be fixed by adding snaps to the inside of the placket between buttons.


    1. Kathy1 | | #2


         The gapping is on the bodice at the neckline.  There are no buttons to move

      over; just fabric and enough of a gap to show too much cleavage for this woman,

      but the rest of the dress fits fine. 


      1. mimi | | #3

        Kathy:  maybe a hook and eye closure on the inside of the dress would solve it?


      2. Teaf5 | | #4

        On readymade clothes I have solved this problem in two ways:
        1) If it's not too complicated, open out the neckline facings at the shoulders and sew the shoulder seam a little lower toward the neck edge. This shortens both back and front neck edges. Pin or baste first to determine how much you want to change.
        2) If adjusting the shoulder seam is too complicated or if that adjustment causes other fit problems, I have added a pleat at the center front of the neckline, then added a decorative button loop and button in the spot. Another option, on silky fabrics, is to add a coordinating ribbon tie, with the ends attached an inch or so either side of the center front neckline. Sometimes, this small addition makes a big change in the fit of the neckline and offers a nice option for embellishment at the same time.

        1. Kathy1 | | #5

          Thanks.   I'll try both methods and see where it gets me.  I have tried the pleat

          before, but in this application, it wouldn't look good. 


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