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Altering a Blouse

I'm almost 8 months pregnant and I picked up a fabulous floral cotton blouse at a flea market. It fits wonderfully across my tummy with room to grow, but it gapes under my arms and there seems to be too much fabric around the neckline/bust if that makes sense. How can I make it fit better?


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March 15, 20180 found this helpful
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I would suggest taking in some fabric under the arms (darts) and as Judy suggested make some darts in the neck area.

Maybe you could just make the darts with a few tacking stitches and try it on to see if you need more or if it helps with the problem.

If it looks good then make the stitches more permanent.

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March 15, 20180 found this helpful

Take it in under the side seams to take care of the gap under the arm. You can put some darts on the bust to take in some fabric there.

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March 16, 20180 found this helpful

I'm sure not a seamstress, and 99% of my sewing has been done for making throw pillows and window treatments/curtains, things of that nature a lot more than clothing - but, when I've found an article of clothing that I really liked but it was too big, I bought it anyway because I knew it would only take a few seams here and there to make it perfectly tailored to myself.


This might seem like a silly way to sew something, or rather to see where you need to sew, and I don't think it's really the way that it's done, but, I have to say, it's worked for me every time without having the "sewing clothing experience under my belt with clothing".

I put on the dress or the top or the pants (if they're too big) and I put them on inside out. Yep! Inside out.

That way the seams are 'right there' sticking out, and you could either use a fabric pencil to mark where you need to sew the blouse in, or you can pin it.

And when you take it off to sew, it's now all pinned to your measurements in where you wanted to take in the fabric by
the existing seams. It's (being a novice) sewer, a really easy way


to do it.

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