Threads Logo Threads Logo Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon

Conversational Threads

pattern alteration

boghill | Posted in Fitting on

Don’t know if this counts as a fitting or pattern issue.  My family has been blessed(?) with large busts, short waists and small frames.  My daughter wears a size 12 pattern but needs an adjustment for a G or I cup.  When i do the slash to the armhole notch and spread, etc alterations, it distorts the armhole so much that the sleeve binds.  any suggestions on how to do this alteration with out the distortion.  The shoulders and neckline and back fit super, so a larger size is not an option. As you can see from the picture, there is a lot of cutting and moving on this pattern piece!   I have bought a new pattern for the second attempt.

any suggestions would be appreciated.


  1. regatta | | #1

    Sandra Betzina's book  "Fast Fit - Easy Pattern Alterations for Every Figure" has  instructions on how to do that without changing the size of the armhole.  You might try to get this book from your library (as I do) or it is well worth buying.


    1. boghill | | #2


      Thanks for the info. I always like a reason (excuse) to buy a new sewing book.  It's almost as much fun as buying new gadgets or fabrics!


This post is archived.

Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, projects, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Subscribe to Threads today

Save up to 42% and get a free gift


Conversational Threads

Recent Posts and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All


Shop the Store

View All
View More