V neck LBD toile

Added Sep 20, 2013

by Carien Dolittle

Groningen, Nethe...






First thing to say: Sorry for the most ugly fabric you’ve probably seen in your life and the assymetry that just makes you cry. Luckily this is just a toile.
I’ve got some fitting problems with this V neck LBD (07/2011 #110). As you can see the shoulders are straining. I don’t know what to do about this, should I increase the shoulder seams or just make the armholes bigger? The armholes of this pattern are quite small. Also I did an FBA but I’m doubting whether I do have the right size for my bust now (maybe it’s too big around that area now?). Plus the waistline seems to drop, any solutions for this? I would really appreciate some help from more experienced sewstresses than me :)

Material Notes

Very bad quality and ugly fabric


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    Sep 28, 2013, 01.45 PMby Deanna31

    Yes that’s correct :)

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    Sep 20, 2013, 02.46 PMby Deanna31

    Ok, so the problem of the straining near the front shoulders; is because the front neckline wants to be closer to your neck, while the back neckline wants to be further away – and the back is winning.

    So you can either adjust the front or the back to match. If you adjust the back; simply rule a line further along the shoulder toward the neck. Lay the front pattern over the back pattern so that both centre front and centre back line up. Line up the front shoulder with the back shoulder (without the seam allowance) so that they meet (closest to the neck). Mark the back shoulder where the front meets. Draw a line from the mark to the bottom of the V. Then whatever amount you’ve added – take off in the seam just next to it (the seam in the middle of the shoulder), starting from around the same area that the bottom of the V is, up to the shoulder.

    If you want more shape around the bust, you can take in a little under the bust, through the seam that goes straight over it. Start from nothing at the bust point, take it in about 1/2 a centimetre under the bust , then taper it out to nothing at the waist. If its too big all over the bust, it will need to come in a little at the sides.

    If you want the waist higher… You’ll need to unpick the seam at the waist, then with the top piece, just cut however much you want higher (from the waist seam) off.

    Hope this helps and it wan’t too confusing for you. Goodluck! P.S. The dress looks great!

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      Sep 20, 2013, 07.42 PMby Carien Dolittle

      Wow Deanna, thanks so much for your detailed response! It’s very helpful!
      Do you think that when I’ll put the facing in the neckline it will stay in place better (because it will be stiffer)? And I was thinking maybe the neckline is also moving because the armholes are so small so it is being pulled to the side..
      I will definitely try to adjust the pattern the way you advise! Thanks :)

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      Sep 20, 2013, 07.47 PMby Carien Dolittle

      Btw just for my understanding: I should make the V on the back a little bit more narrow and I should take off the width I added on the ‘princess’ seam on the back? :)

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