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Too short for shoulders

AprilRose | Posted in Fitting on

So, I’m 5’2″ and all the jumpers I have bought have had detachable, adjustable shoulder straps (like overalls).  I recently was given a jumper with a sewn shoulder and it is about 4 inches too long.  I’d like to open the seam and add a piece of elastic so that I can have the shoulders sit properly, but still have the “give” to take the jumper off.  How do I do that?

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  1. MissPigtails | | #1

    I also am 5’2.” I’ve been that height since 6th grade which is when I learned to sew. I am fanatical about fit so I’ve done a lot of alterations over the years. I prefer to make my changes to the pattern before the item is finished. However, I occasionally alter a purchased garment so maybe I can help. I need to know what seam you plan to open. Is it a seam that sits at the top of the shoulder, or perhaps a seam at the back where a strap meets a back section a few inches below the top of the shoulder? I am assuming that it isn’t at a point below the center shoulder in the front, since you want to insert elastic. Send me some more description, please. Also, what sort of fabric is it? Also, have you thought of buying the “hardware” to attach to make the strap unhook and open up like overalls?

  2. Haileynelson10 | | #2

    Every sewing product should be tested with a sample before you actually get to work. If you want to open the seam and add an elastic so I can sit on the right shoulder cookie clicker, be careful

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