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Help – back of men’s shirt has to mu…

Linda_Flint | Posted in The Archives on

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Son leaving for Jamaica next week and needs some casual shirts. Size is xxl, which fits good across chest, but in the back pattern piece, an excess amount of fabric beginning at 9inches below back of neck, extending and increasing to 4 inches to hemline.
I need to finish 4 shirts by next Tuesday, running out of time and cannot figure out how to alter the pattern. Help.

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  1. Chris_Knoblock | | #1

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    It sounds like the pattern is to wide at the waist. Is this only in the back piece? You can try to taper the side seams in at the waist, tapering back to original seam at underarm and taking in only a little at hem.

    Chris.

    1. Ginna | | #2

      *I have a friend who has broad shoulders but is narrow in the waist and hips. He has his sister make 2 double darts in the back to take up the excess fabric. The widest part of the dart is at the waist. The shirts wind up being tapered and fit him very well. This might work for the shirts for your son.From your description I wasn't sure if there was greater excess fabric below the waist or not. If there is you might try 2 regular darts starting at the hem and going up.HTH.Ginna

      1. Martha_McKeon | | #3

        *I have this problem with the pattern back pieces myself. If your pattern fits him in the shoulders, reduce the side seams from the armhole down to the waist mark, or slightly above that, then the rest of the side length below the waist area keep the same reduction from that point. In other words, don't keep reducing past the waist, or the hips may be too narrow. Do the same thing to the front piece.You can do this by first pinning the side seams until they look right - balanced and without drag lines or wrinkles.

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