Listen to your inner voice

When I was fitting this dress, I thought about how the shoulders were going to fall. I even pin fitted the yoke and bodice and thought perhaps I should shorten the length of the drop shoulder on this dress. Somewhere in thinking and cutting I put the thought aside. Only to pick it back up now that I am up against finishing my dress.

The shoulders just drop off to much. The added bust was not necessary I had added to the bust area in the side seam using the seam adjustment method. In taking up the side seams while continuing to perfect the fit, it made the all in one shoulder/cap sleeves look, well like they are too big, too long, too yeck!

I improved the fit of the dress back by taking deeper darts in the upper back where it looked and felt too full. Now I need to take deeper side seams in the bust area tapering to 5/8 at the hip. This is now requiring I redo the shoulder/sleeve area. So I have undone the understitching and stitching of the lining to fabric part of the shoulder/sleeve as I need to turn under more of the drop sleeve to work with the deeper bust side seam.
At this point, I am working on one side at a time. I have in my head what exactly I have to do to fix the shoulder/sleeve and then side seams hopefully to make it all go together easily. When I look at the pattern photo and the line drawing above, this shows topstitching around the sleeve caps so I think I will be able to reattach the lining to the fabric and topstitch it. I decided to walk away from it for now. Will resume later.


  1. Good luck with your alterations! Too bad the things we make can't adjust themselves, LOL!


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