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Well, the more I learn, the less I know. I started fitting my chest because I thought that was the only real issue I had. Once I made a larger front, to adjust for my larger bust I started having other fitting issues. The neckline was gapey so I pinched it out. The back was too wide so I took it in. The armholes and sleeve heads were…a mess!

My shirtwaist taught me some things about my shoulders and more specifically about my shoulder joint. I thought my only problem is that my shoulders are a lot narrower than Gertie’s but then my sleeves were pulling and I couldn’t tell where they thought they were going.

In wearing my shirtwaist, I see how it still pulls funny. I still don’t know what’s going on in the back. The collar rides up my neck and I feel like I should be pulling it down in the back. I feel like I should be pulling down my yellow jacket, too. Technically, the length is fine but it rides up.

I was trying to figure out what was up with the back of my neck and my shoulders.(How do I alter for a short back of the neck- anyone?) At least I know what’s up with my shoulders. This forward shoulder alteration might help other places. I’m going to try it out and see what I learn.

Here’s a blog post full of helpful links you should read if you think you have forward shoulders.

What did you start fitting? Was it hips, arms, back? What was your light bulb moment for one of your most recent alteration discoveries?

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