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Jackets and coats can be compensated with shoulder pads… but with thin tops it is better to adjust the shoulder of the patterns. Read on to see how to do it!

Mark off the cut parts for the front and back a second time mirror-inverted and bring together the two parts, center to center. Half of the front and back, where the shoulder is deeper, must be shortened. This example shows the change for the left shoulder. After this change, the cut pieces are asymmetrical. When cutting, place these cut pieces on the right side of the fabric with the label side facing up.

Shoulder Step 1

Step 1: Draw a change line (dashed line) from the left side seam to the deepest curve of the right neckline in the pattern pieces.

Shoulder Step 2

Step 2: Cut the cut pieces on the line (front and back) from the side seam to close to the cut line.

Shoulder Step 3

Step 3: On the side seam push the incision edges about 1-2 cm over each other.

Shoulder Step 4

Step 4: After the change, the left side seam of the front and back must be the same length again. The small “steps” on the side seam are compensated (red lines).


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    Jan 16, 2018, 04.41 PMby sew4210aol

    why not just change the pattern where the problem exists…at the shoulder!! Change the shoulder slope at the shoulder seam. If the shoulder slope is your only issue, you will get a better fit that way!

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      Jan 26, 2018, 11.50 PMby ruthw

      Because that will change the armscye so your sleeve will no longer fit

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    Jan 13, 2018, 07.55 PMby Lulu Y

    Looks like this would also reduce the bust circumference though

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    Jan 10, 2018, 06.37 AMby madebymeg

    What issues does this adjustment address?

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      Jan 10, 2018, 08.37 PMby missceliespants

      I think a sloping shoulder adjustment. But, it’s not stated clearly.

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