Weekend sewing

I completed two garments this weekend. One I posted on Instagram, another Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono Tee.  I think this is the fourth one I made.  Fabric from JoAnn's and leftover from another project.

I also completed the Style Arc Cold Shoulder top.  This was a test garment and I have some fitting issues.  I wanted to show these to you.  I need some suggestions on how to fix the gaping at the shoulder armhole.  I made a size 12 with some fitting adjustments-FBA, FSA, and swayback.  I definitely need the size 14 for everything starting at the bust down.  Size 12 shoulder seems right for shoulder and upper chest.

Here is the gaping.

The back is too tight for my comfort. I did a 5/8 forward shoulder adjustment, but I don't think that has anything to do with this gap.  Your thoughts please!

Here is another shot and you can see that it is tight in the upper arms and bust, going up a size should help with that.

The knit fabric I used is a midweight cotton, which actually worked well for this top.  Sewing 1/4 inch seams are so fiddly so the weight of this knit helped with that.

Again I appreciate your comments.


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    1. I was thinking about that; I think it has to be more in the back than front. Thank you for your feedback.

  2. Unpick shoulder to within inch of neck then lift just the back.

  3. I agree with Sheila. Just life the back shoulder area. I have similar fitting issues. My shoulders are sloppy and my back shoulder is more rounded than the front.

    1. Thank you! I do forward shoulder adjustments alot and did that with this one. I can see just adjusting the back would work better. I am going to the next size to try as this was pretty tight through the back area, more fluff these days!

  4. Yes, lifting the back shoulder angle will work, but here's my question: what's happening at the neckline as you go toward center back? If there's extra length, i.e. the neckline is pushing upward, you might consider making a dart in the pattern--not sewn in the garment!--from the armhole, tapering to nothing at center back.


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