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1.9 Broad or Narrow Back Pattern Adjustment

Tuesday Techniques!

If you are like me then you don't often look at the back of what you are wearing but having a poor fit across the back of your garment can make the sleeves feel too loose or too tight and can add unnecessary bulk across the top part of your outfit.

So if you have a back that is broader or narrower than the pattern was designed for, making a broad or narrow back adjustment can help improve the fit and comfort of your hand made clothing.

In this Tuesday Techniques session I explain

  • how to tell if you need a broad or narrow back adjustment

  • how it relates to a shoulder adjustment and which to use when

  • two methods for making the adjustment depending on how much you need to add or remove

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 realise that you actually need to make a shoulder adjustment instead you can find out more about how to do that in this video: 1.7 Shoulder Adjustments

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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