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DIY Shoulder Adjustment Tutorial

Posted by Cassiefairy Oxfam Fashion blogger

9th Jul 2013

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I've been buying a lot of second-hand clothing recently and a few items that I've snapped up have been a little too big. I'm a sucker for a pretty pattern and I won't leave something behind if I know that I can make it fit perfectly with a few minor adjustments. So I thought I'd share with you my tips for making shoulders fit better. 


The item you'd like to adjust, pins, matching thread, needle or sewing machine, scissors, tape measure


Try on your top and see how much of the shoulder needs to be removed in centimetres then turn top inside-out and locate the shoulder seam 


Pinch the fabric parallel to the shoulder seam and measure how much you need to remove to make sure you're taking out the right amount of fabric.


Pin the dart in place, tapering off towards the front and back of the top


Starting at the shoulder seam stitch a line, tapering out to the front of the top. Repeat, working from the shoulder seam towards the back of the top.

I hope you'll agree that the fit of the top is much better on the shoulders - a puff sleeve really shouldn't start beyond the edge of your shoulder! I'm pleased that I've managed to make something that was too big for me into an item that I can now wear - and I'll be adjusting a few more of my tops in this way too! 

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