Mama R hasn't worn this dress since I finished it last fall. Curious, I asked her why.
"It doesn't fit well" she replies.
I was puzzled because I used the same modified Vogue dress pattern, Vogue 7836, that I used to made several other versions of this dress.
"What's wrong?" I inquired.
"The shoulders are too big" she said.
She's right. Compared to the other dresses that I have made the shoulders seem bigger than on the other versions. I can't explain why because I didn't cut the shoulders bigger. The only tweaking in that general area was done to the neckline where I trimmed away a bit of the neck opening. I suspect that maybe the weight of the fabric might play a part, perhaps. Otherwise, I can't explain why the shoulders on this dress feel "bigger" to Mama R.
So how to fix the problem.
|To solve the problem I took in the upper cap of the sleeve, luckily it was not a major alteration.|
This can be done up to 1/2" to solve the problem.
Any more than 1/2" and you will have to remove the sleeve and reshape.
|I basted a new stitching line and Mama R try on to check for fitting. Now I'm ready to sew.|
|With the new sleeve-shoulder seam done I can serge and trim away the excess fabric.|
|Gotta like simple solutions that work.|