I’ve been sewing for many years, but now have an espcially keen interest in proper fit for my clothes. Mostly due to THREADS magazine (and seeing humans in finely-sewn garments instead of sketches on pattern fronts) and the body-change that seem to be occurring without my permission as I age, I want to adjust some ready-made garments to be more fashionable and fit nicer. The first itemis a vest made by Petite Sophisticate; nice fabric, extremely versatile neutral color with a muted pinstripe. It’s basically a well-made piece, but was created to be worn with a blouse or without, so the shoulder seams are a bit wider than if I’d made it from scratch off an actual vest pattern. The buttons also go to about midbreastbone, so putting a blouse under (a must!) makes it look like I’ve crammed a blouse in there as an afterthought.
The first thing I want to do is delete one button/hole set and elongate the neck of the vest, so the new first button will be the former second.
Next, I want to open the armholes a bit so they don’t fall beyond that alledged “dent” that’s supposed to exist between the clavical and shoulder.
This is my first post, and I hoping the explanation/question makes sense. I need some opinions from those knowledgeable about customizing fit from a ready-made size. I know it’s possible, and will be more trouble than buying a new one, but the fit around, the length and the style are all ver ynice, and I’d have lots of wearability if these changes were successful.
Edited 9/18/2005 11:04 pm ET by kimberly31907