Gaping back

What sewing projects are you working on?

Gaping back

New postby SmilieFace on Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:11 pm

I have been working on New Look 6749 for the past two days. I made a muslin first (well, sans zipper), and then begun on the fashion fabric and lining. I lined the skirt, even though the pattern doesn't call for it. I've been going very slowly because 1) I haven't touched my sewing machine since New Years, 2) I planned to wear this to my graduation next week, 3) My sister brought me the fabric after a trip to Africa last year, so there's no getting more fabric.

The muslin fit fine, and so did the dress before I put in the zipper. I added the hem, added the zipper, finished ALL the edges, and put it on to show-off my work. And this is what I got (see the pictures below).

The dress looks fine from the front, but the back is gaping something horrible! I don't have a dress dummy, so I can't tell where to tuck. I had my dad pull in the back to see if I could just add in some darts, and he says that it gapes much more in the middle of the back then the top. Without being able to see what I'm doing, I don't just want to guess on adding in the darts. Then I thought about taking the cap sleeves, and adding some clear elastic at the top for some gathers. When I pull at the dress to see the effect, it seems like that might work, but I'm not sure if that would look cute.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do to save the dress?


[edited to add: sorry the pictures take up so much space! i'm not sure how to shrink them on here]
Attachments
IMG00075-20110423-1932.jpg
IMG00075-20110423-1932.jpg (75.22 KB) Viewed 6554 times
IMG00074-20110423-1931.jpg
IMG00074-20110423-1931.jpg (78.03 KB) Viewed 6584 times
IMG00076-20110423-1933.jpg
IMG00076-20110423-1933.jpg (81.79 KB) Viewed 6559 times
SmilieFace
 
Posts: 689
Joined: Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:12 am
Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Re: Gaping back

New postby HeyJudee on Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:42 pm

I think this is similar to a problem Jan had a couple of years ago when she made a top...I think it has to do with sloping shoulders or something like that. I'll have to go look for it in a sewing book that I have.
TTFN from Canada
Judy
User avatar
HeyJudee
 
Posts: 2150
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:08 pm
Location: Ottawa-Gatineau

Re: Gaping back

New postby HeyJudee on Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:57 pm

I just found the earlier post...in 2008 as a matter of fact. It was square shoulders that was Jan's problem. Maybe that's your problem as well.
http://talk.sew-whats-up.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=1692&st=0&sk=t&sd=d&hilit=gaping

Edited: Upon relooking at your pics, I'd say you may have sloping shoulders. I did find this on-line re fitting shoulders. Hope it helps
http://books.google.ca/books?id=1gSsXUEIJwIC&pg=PA55&lpg=PA55&dq=fitting+sloping+shoulders&source=bl&ots=s1uvhig4BW&sig=LQ2z3OmPoO1Eg04LgqRJwjY-c3w&hl=en&ei=8HuzTeG0G7OM0QGD3qGGCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CEIQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=fitting%20sloping%20shoulders&f=false
TTFN from Canada
Judy
User avatar
HeyJudee
 
Posts: 2150
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:08 pm
Location: Ottawa-Gatineau

Re: Gaping back

New postby MartySews2 on Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:04 pm

Smilie, it seems too that you may have a narrow upper back. See if you can get someone to measure your back from underarm to underarm. Compare that measurement with the pattern pieces. I think if you could take out the zipper & cut down the excess fabric from the center back based on your new measurements & then sew the zipper back in, it will work. Also, you may want to stabilize the neckline seam with some clear elastic which will pull it closer to the body. I wish that I were closer to help you. Hope this info helps.
Marty ;)
Brighten each corner where you are ... smile!
MartySews2
 
Posts: 3964
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 7:28 am
Location: Memphis, TN

Re: Gaping back

New postby bridesmom on Sat Apr 23, 2011 9:11 pm

I hate to say it, but I don't think it's going to be a quick fix. I agree with Marty, that you are going to have to take the zipper out, take it in and put the zipper back in. Do you have a friend that could pin the back for you so it fits right? You could attempt to do the elastic on the top of the sleeves by just tacking in an elastic on the inside, just to test it and see if it's going to work. It may be alright, and then you can call it a design feature! How frustrating for you. But I do have to say the fabric is fantastic! And I love the dress style on you!
Laura
Go Canucks!
Asking a quilter to mend something is like asking Picasso to paint your garage
User avatar
bridesmom
2008/2009 Stash Challenge Winner
2008/2009 Stash Challenge Winner
 
Posts: 4533
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:06 pm
Location: BC Canada

Re: Gaping back

New postby DorothyL on Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:30 am

I planned to wear this to my graduation next week,


Congratulations!! I know you worked hard.

Dorothy
User avatar
DorothyL
 
Posts: 2992
Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 5:53 am
Location: New York

Re: Gaping back

New postby SmilieFace on Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:29 am

Thanks for the advice, everyone. (And for the congratulations!)

I was trying to avoid taking out the zipper. Time isn't that big of an issue -- I don't have classes between now and graduation -- but I sewed the zipper in to stay: 2 lines of straight stitching, and then zig zag stitching to keep the edges from fraying. Oh, and the basting to hold the fashion fabric to the lining. I'm afraid if I take it out and then put it in again, the rather delicate fabric will be too weak.

I saw on patternreview someone else had the same issue. She brought the sleeves in an inch at the seems (the sleeves are two pieces) and that seemed to work. What do you think of me doing that? I would need to cover the bottom of the sleeve with something -- would it be too much to add the gold trim to the bottom of the sleeve?

Happy Easter!
SmilieFace
 
Posts: 689
Joined: Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:12 am
Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Re: Gaping back

New postby sewingmom on Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:11 pm

That fabric is beautiful and the style is perfect for you. I am not sure you will be happy moving the sleeves in. Perhaps someone better at alterations will chime in here.
sewingmom
 
Posts: 2007
Joined: Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:02 am

Re: Gaping back

New postby kaitlinnegan on Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:43 pm

What a lovely dress! And what a pain to have gone through all the trouble of making a muslin only to have a problem crop up with the finished dress. :-P

When you say you could bring in the sleeves, do you mean actually narrowing the sleeves, or taking in the back bodice where it attaches to the sleeves? I might suggest the latter, since it looks like the sleeves fit well (aren't too large).

I also wonder if maybe the back bodice length is too long? You might be able to tell better once the back neckline fits.
Kaitlinnegan - your Sew What's Up administrator
Private message me if you have questions/comments/suggestions
Please e-mail me at kaitlinnegan@gmail.com if you have trouble logging in.
User avatar
kaitlinnegan
Site Admin
 
Posts: 1805
Joined: Fri Aug 10, 2007 6:11 am
Location: Wisconsin

Re: Gaping back

New postby trini on Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:15 pm

My advice is not based on any great skill in sewing but I have noticed that a number of new designs have tucks at the neckline in both back and front; maybe you can try two small tucks on either side of the neckline.
Just a suggestion.
Lei.
trini
 
Posts: 132
Joined: Sun Aug 19, 2007 12:11 pm
Location: Caribbean

Next


Return to Current Sewing Projects


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron