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1.10 Rounded Back Pattern Adjustment

Tuesday Techniques!

As we get older our posture can change and one of those is the rounding of our upper backs. If like me you have had jobs that require a lot of time sitting at a computer or physical jobs with lots of bending over and lifting then it could be that the top of your back has started to round and your shoulders sit slightly more forward.

If you find that the clothes that you make seem to feel like they are slipping backwards, or if the back or front hem of your garments seem to stick out, then the balance might have been affected by the need for a rounded back adjustment.

I make a rounded back adjustment on most of my patterns these days and the small but effective tweak really helps me to get a great fit across the back and shoulders but also in terms of how the garment hangs.

In this Tuesday Techniques session I explain

  • how to tell if you need a rounded back adjustment

  • two options for making the adjustment depending on how much you need to add and where the rounding is most prominent.

If you have a pattern that you want to work on then why not give these modifications a try as you watch the video. The pattern I have used in this example is the Seamwork Sorbetto top which is a free PDF pattern.

If you want help to take selfies of the back of your outfit then check out this blog post: Top Tips for taking Selfies for Dressmaking and Alterations

If you have a pattern that is not a simple bodice like the one in this example and would like pointers on how to apply this change to that specific pattern please let me know either in the Facebook Group or by email and I can share some tips and techniques to help you tweak this process for your garment.

If you have any questions then I love to help so email me at and if you have any a-has or inspiration from this session let me know in the comments below.

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