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How to fit necklines please?

sahm7 | Posted in Fitting on

Does anyone know how to take in gapping necklines and armholes?  I have the same unforuntate problem many of you mothers have.  After having children, I find that I need to buy larger sizes to fit my hips, but my upper body does not have the same size.  I find that my necklines gap to embarrassment and armholes in tanks and sleeveless tops do the same.  Please help help if you can.

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  1. AndreaSews | | #1

    What happens when you pin one of those gappy tops to take away the peekaboo spots?  My guess is it's too large all over.  When you lay out the pattern, which you mentioned is to large for your upper body in order to accommodate your lower body, you can see a trend in the way the lines are drawn for the various sizes, from larger to smaller.  Perhaps you could re-draw the lines, following that trend, and make a sample that's a size smaller.  I'd do a dry run in a muslin and see how the fit is with the smaller size that you draft on your own. 

  2. mem | | #2

    Sounds as if you are a pear which is healthier than being an apple if thats any consolation. Are you talking about clothes which you are making or buying? If you are making them buy the pattern according to your high bust measuremnt and then enlarge the bottoms to fit you . It is alot easier to do that than to reduce the size of the top pattern. If I was you I would invest in "fit for every body" a Palmer Pletch book and I would make up a muslin for both tops and bottoms . You can then put it away and use it to be your guide when you make future garments . You do this by checking your new pattern against it and making adjustments to suit.

    1. mygaley | | #3

      Dear Mem, This question was overwhelming to me because so many factors enter into neckline fit.  I wish to congratulate you on a succinct, workable answer.  God bless you, Galey

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