Do you find that garments tend to pull or feel a bit tight across the shoulders? This simple pattern adjustment will help you modify your Fable Dress for a perfect fit, with enough ease to allow for unrestricted movement. It takes just a little bit of extra time, but is so worth the effort when the result is a garment customized just for you.
- Front Side, and Back Fable Dress pattern pieces
- Measuring tape
- Scrap paper
1. Begin by measuring your back to determine the size of shoulder adjustment you will need to make.
Measure across the top of your back from the crease where the top of your arm joins your back, from one side to the other. This is easiest if you get someone to help you measure.
2. Work out the shoulder to shoulder difference between your body measurement and the pattern finished garment measurement. The finished garment measurement can be found on pages 17-18 of the Fable Dress tutorial, or you may measure the pattern piece.
- Your body measurement = 46cm
- Finished garment measurement = 40cm
- Difference = 6cm
Since the pattern piece you will be working with is half the width of the back, divide the difference measurement in half = 3cm. This will be your pattern adjustment measurement.
Adjust pattern pieces
1. Mark and cut the Side Front and Back pattern pieces as follows:
- 1 line parallel to grainline / foldline
- 1 line across to underarm point
- 1 line across about halfway down armhole.
Also, mark in the seamline (indicated by the dotted line) at underarm to create a pivot point.
2. Slide the top shoulder piece over the amount determined in the pattern adjustment measurement calculation above (eg. 3cm in our example).
3. Pivot the bottom section so that outer corner meets the bottom of the section you slid over in the previous step.
4. Adjust the top piece, sliding it up or down so that the armhole stays the same length.
5. Blend seam lines and smooth. Re-mark the single and double notches to indicate the front and back pieces.
The pattern pieces have now been adjusted to your custom measurement. Before cutting into your fancy Fable Dress fabric, we recommend sewing a muslin to test out the new shoulder adjustment, ensuring a comfortable fit with enough ease for unrestricted movement.
Read more about the Fable Dress here:
- Introducing the Fable Dress
- How to sew a Patch Pocket
- How to do a FBA or SBA for the Fable Dress
- How to make a Simple Front Fable Dress
~ Lovely cover image by Jay Dubb ~