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No more gaping armhole. The first muslin of this shirt was a bit distressing, but I used this technique to fix the armhole problems.

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    Jul 13, 2014, 01.29 AMby Lou Ann Hughes

    Thank you so much for these steps. I ran into this problem today. Not familiar enough with sewing clothes, thought I’d try my hand at a summer top. This is will definitely help make the top work for me. Thanks again!

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    May 1, 2013, 02.57 AMby SewNotWork

    Thank you for this tutorial. I had been wondering about this.

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    Jul 14, 2012, 02.50 PMby MissPinky

    Thank you for an excellent explanation. I do have one question though. How do you know how to angle the arm hole so high? It now angles quite differently from the original pattern. How do you make the decision about how to define the shape of the armhole?

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      Jul 17, 2012, 06.13 AMby prettysweet

      Honestly, I just use my French curve and draw it in where I think it might work. And then I make another muslin and make any adjustments that I need. Changing the armhole curve is a pretty easy change, so I don’t worry about it too much.

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    Jun 9, 2012, 01.08 PMby thewiremonkey

    Excellent, very clear explanation! The same principal works for gaping neckline on scoop neck bodices. I automatically do a full bust adjustment (FBA)—it is well worth the effort.

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    Dec 26, 2011, 06.48 PMby deft

    Such a clear explanation. Thank you, I really enjoyed reading your tutorial!

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    Oct 21, 2011, 02.17 AMby schnui

    Thank-you for this tutorial; you have solved a problem so neatly.

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    Aug 16, 2011, 08.19 PMby lookingpast

    Excellent instructions! I really like the very clear, step-by-step photographs. This is often an issue with my tops so this tutorial is a KEEPER!


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    Aug 12, 2011, 03.54 PMby dixiediy

    Thanks for this tutorial! This has been a problem for me, too, with trying to fit the sorbetto top.

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    Jul 18, 2011, 04.25 PMby sewnaughty

    Thanks for tutorial. I will be trying this soon and expect great results.

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    Jul 15, 2011, 01.47 AMby poppykettle

    Thanks for the tute – I will be trialling this at some point in the future defnitely!

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    Jul 1, 2011, 08.01 AMby queenvanilla


    This looks great, but wouldn’t it be better to have two darts lefts if you’re making a top that is fitted in the waist as well? I’ve had quite a lot of weird looking single darts (especially in the point).

    Of course, this seems to work with Colette Sombretto. :)

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      Jul 1, 2011, 08.41 PMby prettysweet

      I usually just use one dart for the bust ( with or without a waist dart) but I’ve seen a double bust dart on a lot of vintage patterns and I love the look. I’m gonna have to try it out to see if I can get a smoother look that way.

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