I received a lot of advice, both on my blog and on BurdaStyle. I tried some of the advice and increased the back dart, made a square shoulder alteration, and shifted the back shoulder seams over. It was better, but still not quite right:
I am a lot happier with the dress after hacking off (not literally, of course) the sleeves:
|If I don't look happier it's because I'm wondering what the hell is up with my hair.|
I felt like I could do better so I did a little research in the books I have on fitting, Real Fit for Real People and Fast Fit. My problems pretty exactly fit the definition (vertical wrinkles, back armhole seam goes out into arm) for a Narrow Back Alteration (let's just call that an NBA for short). I found this highly confusing - I mean, how can you have broad shoulders and a narrow back?
This alteration involves cutting an L-shaped line into the back pattern, overlapping the cut edges by 1/2 inch, then truing the side seam. I love to look at pattern alterations so I'll assume you do, too:
|The NBA in all it's glory.|
I also made a square shoulders alteration to the pattern piece as this is something I
I hope to finish this dress in the next few days if I can carve out the time. Here's a peek at the front of the bodice - I decided to have fun with stripes again:
So what are you working on??