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I am a 34 (petite) size, I like going for thrift stores, sometimes I succed in making 1-euro-good- quality-stuff-but- a size- or-two-larger fit, and my novice sewing soul is proud. But of course experiences with taking in a skirt , or shortening hems, are very different from those of adjusting a dress or shirt in shoulder area to make sleeves fit. I have tried before, sometimes not quite unsuccessfully, but it was always a long tedious tale of trials and errors. Which is the best way – I mean, reasonably quick to get decency if not perfection? I have neither too time nor a quiet place for sewing, you know… Any suggestion would be appreciated A LOT (and happy sewing to everyone!)


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    Aug 9, 2010, 09.58 AMby bussey

    I am not amswering myself… just a mean attempt to see if my post appears as “latest post” on the main discussions page….

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    Aug 10, 2010, 07.36 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    When I have taken in shirts with sleeves that also require making the shoulders narrower I first remove the sleeves then lay a pattern piece from a shirt I have made that fits me on top of the shirt body and use that as a guide for cutting the shoulders down, then I pin the side seams with it turned inside out on my dress dummy. For the sleeves I use the sleeve pattern piece laid over the sleeve to alter the top curve of the sleeve piece too, it works for me perfectly and is a lot more accurate than it sounds :)

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      Aug 10, 2010, 08.48 AMby bussey

      Thank you a lot! I haven’t got a dress dummy but I think I’ll try your method… after all, there are kind neighbours, and daughters around (husbands don’t count, they are kind but not too useful in such matters ;) )

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      Aug 10, 2010, 10.39 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Before I got my dress dummy (it is only a recent addition to my sewing family, hehe) I would put the garment on inside out and pin infront of the mirror, it keeps you flexible let me tell you and after a while you learn not to jab yourself! But a handy daughter/neighbour/sewing friend makes it quite a bit easier :)

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