Calling Kate Dicey!

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Thank you Kate for your fitting advice for my princess-style top.  It
worked!  Rather than keep on taking in more seams on the back of the
garment, I decided to experiment with using the size 14 option for the
back and using the size 18 for the front.   The front is a bit big now
at the sides below the sleeve to the bottom.   I will take more in
until I get the right fit there.

 However, I also have a problem with what some people call gaposis in
jewel necklines.   I am about a 38-inch bust and quite high as well.
The depth from the throat to the bust line is probably less than
usual.   I take in some extra on the front shoulder seam at the neck
edge (up to 7/8th inch instead of the regular half-inch) and this
relieves the gap a bit.  

Do you think I should now slash the pattern in three or four places
and overlap up to 1/4 inch on these slashes?   My Fast-Fit book
recommends this.   I don't seem to have the same problem with a high
V-neck.   Sometimes a slightly smaller facing will draw in the gap, or
if I am using a narrow binding of the same material I can ease the gap
into the binding.

Have you any other suggestions?   And can you please tell me why I
have this problem?   It would be illuminating for me!

Thanks a bunch



Re: Calling Kate Dicey!
TheGolfersWife wrote:
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Great!  :)
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You could also try shortening the pattern slightly through the chest
above the bust line, a couple of inches below the throat.
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Yes.  :)

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You do.  It just doesn't show!  ;)  So it's safe to ignore it...  But if
you cut that same pattern that fits in a high V as a Jewl neck line, the
gaposis will magically reappear!

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This is quite safe to do if the gaposis is tiny.  I usually suspect lack
of stay-stitching if the gaposis is small enough to be coped with like this.
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Feel your chest above the bust: can you feel your ribs and breastbone?
is there only skin covering them? If so, this is because you have no
extra padding covering the bones above the bust.  I'm a DD these days,
and get the same problem!  When I was fatter and an F, gaposis failed to
appear!
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You're welcome.  :)

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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Re: Calling Kate Dicey!
On Thu, 22 Feb 2007 23:17:30 +0000, Kate XXXXXX

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Kate you're amazing....I love your explanations....even I can understand
this :)

-Irene

Re: Calling Kate Dicey!
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Glad it helped!  :)

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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Re: Calling Kate Dicey!
On Thu, 22 Feb 2007 23:17:30 +0000, Kate XXXXXX

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I have opened this response at night - and I have a busy day tomorrow
doing something else!   I will experiment with all your suggestions.
And, yes, I had a gut-feeling this problem was due to a lack of
surplus fat in the area below the throat, but I couldn't pin-point it
as well as you.   Thanks.   Will post results in due course!   Cheers.

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